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Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, Release #123 (2018.05)

Aleks-Daniel Jakimenko-Aleksejev
May 24, 2018 23:20
Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, Release #123 (2018.05)
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On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I’m very happy to announce the
May 2018 release of Rakudo Perl 6 #123. Rakudo is an implementation of
Perl 6 on the Moar Virtual Machine[^1].

This release implements the 6.c version of the Perl 6 specifications.
It includes bugfixes and optimizations on top of
the 2015.12 release of Rakudo.

Upcoming releases in 2018 will include new functionality that is not
part of the 6.c specification, available with a lexically scoped
pragma. Our goal is to ensure that anything that is tested as part of the
6.c specification will continue to work unchanged. There may be incremental
spec releases this year as well.

The tarball for this release is available from

Please note: This announcement is not for the Rakudo Star
distribution[^2] — it’s announcing a new release of the compiler
only. For the latest Rakudo Star release, see

The changes in this release are outlined below:

New in 2018.05:
    + Corresponding MoarVM release introduces hash randomization to
      prevent DoS attacks. Among other things, this may affect user
      tests that expect keys or values returned from a Hash object to
      be in the same order every run.
  + Fixes:
    + Made .assuming available in WhateverCodes [6e8dc6f1]
    + Fixed truncation of seconds in DateTime.later/.earlier [656ff77b]
    + Fixed spurious unhandled Failures caused by require [666eb3ab]
    + Made to always return True [24a90774]
    + Made CallFrame skip over thunk-like things [0d216bef]
    + Fixed unwanted warnings in X::NYI when $.feature is omitted [a7c03101]
    + Fixed WHICH of non-reduced Rats [8cd70d1e]
    + Fixed smartmatch exception explosion [97d5d83e]
    + Made code detection in subsets more robust [ede507b7][febcb917]
    + Made build of BOOTSTRAP.moarvm reproducible
    + Simplified Signature.perl/gist for unnamed invocants
    + Made it possible to call .perl on uninitialized native strings
    + Made .gist on native / non-native arrays similar [4e88fa15]
    + Fixed overzealous X::Syntax::NoSelf throwage [9b915f09]
    + Fixed smartmatching an Iterable type object [385308d3]
    + Fixed unexpected POD table failures [2cda7a19]
    + Made pass() and flunk() more consistent [82b3a894]
    + Fixed distribution path format on windows [4cacbf66]
    + Various fixes for the JVM backend [7d2940ee][cc57d06a][be35160d]
    + Various improvements to produced messages [7b336519][0de80523]
  + Additions:
    + Added shapes support for HAS scoped attributes [4c3807c5][7847768c]
    + Added NativeCall CArray.allocate method [a02131d5]
    + Added "use p5isms" pragma to stop complaints about Perl 5 traps
  + Removals:
    + Removed some 5to6 error messages [3f350912][4ac9915e]
  + Build system:
    + Fixed Configure script to not assume gmake location [abd88a94]
  + Efficiency:
    + Made Int.lsb 2x faster [9e2dacd4]
    + Made Int.msb 2x faster [775a42ee]
    + Made Range slices on native arrays about 23x faster [67a31600]
    + Made .splice on native arrays up to 2x faster [ee1ba153]
    + Made Rat / FatRat stringification up to 200x faster [e0dca0cc]
    + Made creation of regexes up to 30% faster [32a78996]
    + Made @a.splice(offset) about 20% faster [8d12d5b4][a5d46b42][8bde96d2]
    + Made module loading 10ms faster by avoiding IO::relative [849ba56d]
    + Other minor optimizations [d53fe90a][aa18140e][776ff354]
  + Internal:
    + Introduced nqp::slice op [090432bb]

The following people contributed to this release:

Juan Julián Merelo Guervós, Elizabeth Mattijsen, Zoffix Znet,
Will "Coke" Coleda, Aleks-Daniel Jakimenko-Aleksejev, Luca Ferrari,
Christian Bartolomäus, 陈梓立, Samantha McVey, Stefan Seifert,
Brian S. Julin, Ben Davies, Elena Merelo, Jeremy Studer, Paweł Murias,
Daniel Green, Itsuki Toyota, Fritz Zaucker, Nick Logan, cfa, Steve Mynott,
Moritz Lenz, Cecilia, Tom Browder, Timo Paulssen, Tobias Leich,
Lucas Buchala, Paula, Reko98, Jonathan Worthington, Ronald Schmidt,
COMBORICO, thundergnat, Martin Ryan, Claudio Ramirez,
Wenzel P. P. Peppmeyer, Christian Sánchez, antoniogamiz, Jonas Kramer,
Luis F. Uceta, Oleksii Varianyk, Jan-Olof Hendig, Martin Barth,
Julien Simonet, brian d foy, Matt Oates, allan

If you would like to contribute or find out more information, visit
<>, <>, ask on the
<> mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Additionally, we invite you to make a donation to The Perl Foundation
to sponsor Perl 6 development: <>
(put “Perl 6 Core Development Fund” in the ‘Purpose’ text field)

The next release of Rakudo (#124), is tentatively scheduled for 2018-06-16.

A list of the other planned release dates is available in the
“docs/release_guide.pod” file.

The development team appreciates feedback! If you’re using Rakudo, do
get back to us. Questions, comments, suggestions for improvements, cool
discoveries, incredible hacks, or any other feedback – get in touch with
us through (the above-mentioned) mailing list or IRC channel. Enjoy!

Please note that recent releases have known issues running on the JVM.
We are working to get the JVM backend working again but do not yet have
an estimated delivery date.

[^1]: See <>

[^2]: What’s the difference between the Rakudo compiler and the Rakudo
Star distribution?

The Rakudo compiler is a compiler for the Perl 6 language.
Not much more.

The Rakudo Star distribution is the Rakudo compiler plus a selection
of useful Perl 6 modules, a module installer, Perl 6 introductory
documentation, and other software that can be used with the Rakudo
compiler to enhance its utility. Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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