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Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, Development Release #71 ("Advent")

Moritz Lenz
December 21, 2013 07:49
Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, Development Release #71 ("Advent")
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On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm happy to announce the
December 2013 release of Rakudo Perl #71 "Advent". Rakudo is an
implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine and the Java Virtual
Machine. The tarball for this release is available from

Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Star
distribution[^1] --- it's announcing a new release of the compiler
only.  For the latest Rakudo Star release, see

The Rakudo Perl compiler follows a monthly release cycle, with each
release named after a Perl Mongers group. The December 2013 release is
code-named after Advent, the non-geographical group which fits this time of

Some of the changes in this release are outlined below:

+ The Whatever Star now works inside chain operators like comparisons
+ Private attributes from roles are now visible in the classes they apply to
+ Use invokedynamic in some places on the JVM.
+ Memory improvements in ListIter
+ Faster method List.combinations
+ Simple lookahead assertions in regexes are optimized
+ Regexes do less superfluous scanning

These are only some of the changes in this release. For a more
detailed list, see "docs/ChangeLog".

The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for
making Rakudo Perl possible, as well as those people who worked on
Parrot, the Perl 6 test suite and the specification.

The following people contributed to this release:

Elizabeth Mattijsen, Timo Paulssen, Jonathan Worthington, Moritz Lenz, 
Tobias Leich, Larry Wall, Carl Mäsak

If you would like to contribute, see <>,
ask on the <> mailing list, or ask on IRC
\#perl6 on freenode.

The next release of Rakudo (#72), is scheduled for January 23, 2014.
A list of the other planned release dates and code names for future
releases is available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. A Rakudo
development release typically occurs a few days (often two) after the
third Tuesday of each month.

On behalf of the development team, I encourage you to try the new release,
step out of your comfort zone, and get a library card.

[^1]: What's the difference between the Rakudo compiler and the Rakudo
Star distribution?

The Rakudo compiler is a compiler for the Perl 6 language.
Nothing else.

The Rakudo Star distribution is the Rakudo compiler plus a selection
of useful Perl 6 modules, a module installer, the most recent
incarnation of the "Using Perl 6" book, and other software that can
be used with the Rakudo compiler to enhance its utility.  Rakudo Star
is meant for early adopters who wish to explore what's possible with
Rakudo Perl 6 and provide feedback on what works, what doesn't, and
what else they would like to see included in the distribution. Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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