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Elizabeth Mattijsen
September 25, 2020 10:37
Re: "ICU - International Components for Unicode"
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> On 25 Sep 2020, at 04:25, Brad Gilbert <> wrote:
> Rakudo does not use ICU
> It used to though.
> Rakudo used to run on Parrot.
> Parrot used ICU for its Unicode features.

Ah, the days.

I do remember that in the Parrot days, any non-ASCII character in any string, would have a significant negative effect on grammar parsing.  This was usually not that visible when trying to run a script, but the time needed to compile the core setting (which already took a few minutes then) rose (probably exponentially) to: well, I don't know.  The last time I tried to see if it would actually complete, I killed the compilation process after an hour.

People complain about compilation taking long these days, and they're right: it should be better.  But still, compared to the Parrot days...  it's orders of magnitude better now.

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