2017.30 Starring Fresh Produce

It was a fruitful week. We saw the release of Rakudo Star 2017.07 thanks to Steve Mynott. Apart from a source version, there are also packages for CentOS, Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu (thanks to Claudio Ramirez), as well as packages for MacOS and Win64 (thanks to Steve Mynott again). And we had a new ecosystem addition for each day of the week. And the hard copy version of Perl 6 Fundamentals by Moritz Lenz is hitting the bookshelves!

The Perl Conference in Amsterdam

The schedule is now published! In other news, the conference Wiki is being fleshed out. Specific entries of importance are:

And you can still register!

Blog Posts

Core Developments

  • Jonathan Worthington continued working on the first step of his overhaul of the MoarVM dynamic optimizer, which optimizes hot code based on collected type information. He now has a branch with optimization and JIT compilation running on a background thread rather than interrupting code, and a new means of data collection that will allow for smarter optimization decisions in the future. Along the way, he has fixed a range of optimization bugs that existed prior to these changes and which were driven out by stresstesting. With everything working again, he will now switch to tuning it ahead of a merge. Finally, he also fixed native callbacks on threads other than the one that provided them in the first place.
  • Samantha McVey worked a lot on optimizing concatenation of strings on the MoarVM backend, fixing several bugs along the way.
  • Gerd Pokorra added a --libdir parameter to the configuration of Rakudo Perl 6.
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen made the various stringifications (aka .Str, .gist and .perl) on QuantHashes (aka Set, Bag and Mix) up to 2x faster. Also, the output of .gist is now sorted. She also worked on Bag|Mix.roll making them upto 2x faster, and fixed a bug in Array.join, which ignored the is default setting of the Array on values :deleted from the Array.
  • Nick Logan made sure that :ver will be treated as a literal Version, rather than as a string. So that use Test:ver is now completely synonymous with use Test:ver(v6.*).
  • Zoffix Znet improved the TODO test handling inside TODOed subtests.
  • Stefan Seifert fixed --ll-exception, which was sadly broken (and got into the 2017.07 release unnoticed).
  • Timo Paulssen made sure that the installation of Rakudo Perl 6 will not cause execution errors in a script that is running the previous version of Rakudo Perl 6 at the same time.
  • And several other improvements and bugfixes.

Meanwhile on Twitter

Meanwhile on StackOverflow

Meanwhile on perl6-users

Ecosystem Additions

Winding Down

Ah, looking forward to next week when we will have many more fruity bits. Hope to see you again, then!

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