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Perl 6 Summary for 2004-11-15 through 2004-11-22

From:
Matt Fowles
Date:
November 22, 2004 20:25
Subject:
Perl 6 Summary for 2004-11-15 through 2004-11-22
Message ID:
f2601a7f041122202536fb36d9@mail.gmail.com
Perl 6 Summary for 2004-11-15 through 2004-11-22
    All~

    Welcome to yet another summary. Although Aliya is present for this
    summary, I think the unnamed gecko with its tongue out will be the one
    who is helping to bring it to you, aided of course by Nicola Conte and
    Massive Attack. Without too much further ado, I give you Perl 6
    Language.

  Perl 6 Language
   return values from a substitution
    Nicholas Clark wondered what kind of return value the s/// operator
    would return. Larry provided the answer, a match object that does wicked
    smart things based on context (Boston is getting to me).

    <http://xrl.us/d4hg>

   Deep Operators
    Matthew Walton wondered about deep operators and return types. No answer
    yet, but it is still a little early to call in the awesome forces of
    Warnock.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hh>

  Perl 6 Compiler
    The race between google and the compiler is over, and google loses.
    badly. While, alas, I do not get a pretty interface, you all get links
    from <http://www.nntp.perl.org>. Plus you get a nifty infant grammar
    engine to torture.

   Parrot Grammar Engine
    Patrick R. Michaud (for ever after known as Patrick) released a first
    version of the Perl 6 Grammar Engine (P6GE). Some time later, he renamed
    it to the Parrot Grammar Engine, as it will by standard in Parrot and
    PGE sounds better. He asked for people to poke and prod it. Many people
    did with quite some glee. Some work has been done adding it to the
    Parrot build and making it uses Parrot's configure/make system. As well
    as some cross platform cleanups. Patrick also put out a request for
    tests and explained the basic framework already in place. He also
    explained his short term plans.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hi> -- initial release

    <http://xrl.us/d4hj> -- cross platform happiness

    <http://xrl.us/d4hk> -- test explanation

    <http://xrl.us/d4hm> -- plans

    <http://xrl.us/d4hn> -- the great renaming

   Synopses and Apocalypses
    Larry has managed to persuade <http://dev.perl.org> to host the latest
    and most up to date versions of the synopses. Consider the former link
    deprecated. Larry also mentioned that this should probably wait a little
    while before it hits slashdot. Dan put a desperate plea not to also, as
    "I feel obligated to actually *read* the comments on parrot and perl 6
    stories on slashdot, at 0".

    <http://xrl.us/d4ho>

   Parrot
    Having fought my way through the lack of google, I can now return to its
    calm warm tones and convenient threading.

   RT Data Extraction
    Will Coleda pointed out that he has the mystical power to extract and
    summarize data from RT automatically. Then he asked for suggestions
    about how to use this power for good or for awesome.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hp> -- the request

    <http://xrl.us/d4hq> -- for awesome

   Locating Shared Libraries
    Adam Warner has some trouble locating shared libraries on Debian. Leo
    pointed out that Debian was apparently naming these libraries funny
    things. The he added support for symlinks and asked Adam to provide the
    appropriate symlinks.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hr>

   double vs float
    Adam Warner was playing around with the Leibniz summation for PI
    example. But he could not get it to do more precision than 3.1431591. It
    turns out that the print opcode was at fault and that sprintf worked
    better. In fact it allows you to print more precision than you actually
    have. Ain't life in the floating point world a pain. We should all use
    integers where PI is exactly 3.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hs>

   AIX PPC JIT
    The on going thread of three three letter acronyms seems to have finally
    run its course. Ending in a climactic upgrade to perl 5.8.5.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ht>

   New Calling Scheme Proposal
    Leo posted a new calling scheme proposal. Dan stomped on hit hard, then
    he posted an updated version of PPD03 (calling convenctions). Some time
    was spent fleshing out every little corner of the new doc.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hu>

   Parrot BASIC and perl.org blacklists
    Joshua Gatcomb kindly acted as a mediary between the list and Clinton A.
    Pierce. Apprently Clinton's domain and ISP have been blacklisted by
    perl.org. He would be willing to resume work on it, but he would like
    help and/or to be un-blacklisted. No real answer to Clinton's troubles.
    On a side note, my old email provider, www.softhome.net, also
    occasionally gets blacklisted by perl.org (it seemed to go in fits and
    starts).

    <http://xrl.us/d4hv>

   CVS access for parakeet
    Michel Pelletier was wondering if he could get CVS access to the
    parakeet language directory now that he has a perl.org username
    (michel). Dan said that he had forgotten to mention that he had put in a
    request, and he would likely forget to mention when the request went
    through.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hw>

   return with return continuation
    In the confusion of what not to change and what to change, the op to
    return to the caller by invoking the current return continuation got
    lost in the shuffle. After sorting out the fact that Dan wanted it to go
    in. Leo added it. It was named returncc for lack of a better name.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hx>

   Parakeet broken
    Jeff Horwitz noted that Parakeet did not quite work. Leo pointed out
    that parrot had out flown parakeet and it needed to catch up with the
    new eval changes.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hy>

   deprecation of P0, P1, P2
    Leo sent a warning to the list that, as per PDD03, access to the current
    continuation and sub should only come from the interpinfo ops. Usage of
    P0 and P1 for these things is officially deprecated and soon to be
    discontinued. Also, P2 current object came along for the ride later,
    which caused troubles with imcc's self macro. Later, he removed the
    deprecated things.

    <http://xrl.us/d4hz> -- initial warning

    <http://xrl.us/d4h2> -- self stuff

    <http://xrl.us/d4h3> -- updated warning

    <http://xrl.us/d4h4> -- the removal

   main is just a sub
    Leo has coerced main into looking and acting exactly like any other sub.
    Consistency is nice like that.

    <http://xrl.us/d4h5>

   Continuations, Basic Blocks, and Register Allocation
    The thread of the week last week continued strong into early this week.
    Slowly but steadily misconceptions of certain summarizers who would like
    to remain anonymous got cleared up. Also, later in the week, Bill
    Coffman provided a summary of the problems and ideas thus far. We all
    eagerly await the resolution.

    <http://xrl.us/d4h6> -- the monster thread itself

    <http://xrl.us/d4h7> -- Bill's summary

   m4 0.0.10
    To keep up with the aforementioned eval changes, m4 got some
    improvements, thanks to Bernhard Schmalhofer.

    <http://xrl.us/d4h8>

   light-weight calling conventions
    Dan, Leo, and Patrick had an interesting discussion about the speed of
    various calling conventions. While BSR/RET beats continuations,
    continuations with tailcall optimization beat BSR/RET; however, BSR/RET
    with tailcall optimization edges out continuations. In the end, the PGE
    will be written calling convention agnostic so as to provide a real
    world test for bench marking. Either way, fear the Big Sweaty Russian
    (ask Mike Z if you want to know ;-)

    <http://xrl.us/d4h9>

   NCI signature correction
    Last week I incorrectly claimed that the 'd' signature allowed access to
    a raw buffer. I was wrong, it was 'b'. Thanks for the catch Bernhard.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ia>

   void functions don't return things
    Andy Dougherty noticed that matchrange.pmc was attempting to return
    something from a void function. He supplied a patch, but there seems to
    be no response...

    <http://xrl.us/d4ib>

   perl6 --tree
    Gerd Pokorra submitted a patch to fix a problem with perl6 --tree.
    Warnock applies.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ic>

   ResizableIntegerArray needs soda
    Patrick requested that someone provide the wonderfully amazing
    ResizableIntegerArray pop. Once that is done, PGE should switch from
    using a PerlArray to a ResizableIntegerArray. Patches welcome.

    <http://xrl.us/d4id> -- pop request

    <http://xrl.us/d4ie> -- conversion request

   no perldoc => WARNING
    James deBoer provided the previously requested patch for doing the right
    thing when there is no perldoc present. Leo applied it.

    <http://xrl.us/d4if>

   broken benchmarks
    The great thing about breaking benchmarks is that if you do it right,
    you execution time goes from a big number to nearly nothing. It provides
    one hell of a speed up. Unfortunately, it also means they don't work.
    Alas, such is life. Fortunately Leo provided an explanation if not a
    fix.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ig>

   MMD with native types
    Leo voiced his confusion about MMD_ADD_INT. When Leo is confused, I get
    worried.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ih>

   Polymorphic Inline Caches
    Leo posted some interesting stuff about PICs and provided some
    preliminary bench marks. He also provided a link to the article from
    which the idea was drawn.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ii> -- Leo's post

    <http://xrl.us/d4ij> -- the paper

   OS X.2 failures
    Klaas-Jan Stol noticed that pmc2c2.pl was failing on his 10.2
    installation. He asked for help, but no responsed yet...

    <http://xrl.us/d4ik>

   inconsistent opcode names
    William Coleda noticed that we did not consistently use_underscores or
    pushwordstogether. Everyone agrees this is a problem, so we are probably
    just waiting on a brave soul who can make the necessary sweeping change.
    I think that underscores_won_out.

    <http://xrl.us/d4im>

   Tcl supports lists
    Will Coleda added basic list support to Tcl. Then he threatened to do
    more with it. I for one welcome our new list overlords.

    <http://xrl.us/d4in>

   Build problems on PPC Linux
    chromatic (whose name google rudely capitalizes) had some trouble
    building parrot on PPC Linux. No resolution yet.

    <http://xrl.us/d4io>

   new TODO items.
    Will Coleda added some new todo items.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ip> -- finish split opcode

    <http://xrl.us/d4iq> -- remove perl dependancy on split

    <http://xrl.us/d4ir> -- add split to Tcl

    <http://xrl.us/d4is> -- add \u support to Tcl

   Intellectual Property
    Tim Brunce asked how Parrot was handling IP concerning. Dan told him
    that we have lawyers working up "Real Paperwork" even as we speak. In
    the mean time, it is mostly an honor system.

    <http://xrl.us/d4it>

   1 - 2 == BOOM
    Will Coleda found a bug in MMD. Leo took responsibility and submitted a
    fix.

    <http://xrl.us/d4iu>

   escaping strings
    Patrick wondered if goes was sitting around that would properly escape a
    string into a nice clean form. The answer, yes, use "Data::Escape".

    <http://xrl.us/d4iv>

   bug in method calling with nonconst keys
    Luke Palmer found this bug. Leo fixed it.

    <http://xrl.us/d4iw>

   underscores on subs
    Luke Palmer wondered if subs still had to have _ before their names. Leo
    provided the answer: no, and the docs are out of date.

    <http://xrl.us/d4ix>

   silent effect of opcodes
    Leo noted that opcodes with silent effects need a little more special
    treament. This morphed into a conversation about the continuation
    troubles that have been haunting us all and exceptions too.

    <http://xrl.us/d4iy>

   IMCC tracing, leaving subs
    Will Coleda asked if it would be possible to indicate what routing we
    are returning to after a returncc opcode. Leo liked the idea and put in
    a quickl hack for it which neads cleanup.

    <http://xrl.us/d4iz>

   Threads, events, and Win32 (oh my)
    Gabe Schaffer continued to explore the problems and approaches to
    portable threading with Leo's help. Best of luck guys.

    <http://xrl.us/d4i2>

   IMCC Register mapping.
    Will Coleda noticed a possible optimization with register mapping. Leo
    said that it was not that simple, but it would be implemented at some
    point in the new register allocator.

    <http://xrl.us/d4i3>

   Exceptions
    Exceptions hurt my head. Especially Dan's description of them. Thus I
    will just leave you to read it for yourself, so your head can hurt too.

    <http://xrl.us/d4i4> -- Dan's initial post

    <http://xrl.us/d4i5> -- Will's troubles

   missing Makefile dependencies
    Leo noticed that the makefile is not quite right about it dependencies.
    This frequently recurs.

    <http://xrl.us/d4i6>

   JITted vtables for sparc
    Stephane Peiry provided some more JIT support for the sparc. Leo applied
    the patch.

    <http://xrl.us/d4i7>

   PGE namespaces and names
    Will Coleda, Luke Palmer, Jerome Quelin, and Patrick all worked to clean
    up PGE to have its own namespace and consistent naming.

    <http://xrl.us/d4i8>

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