2018.17 Docking Tau Station

Curtis “Ovid” Poe has opened Tau Station, a whole new take on Science Fiction MMOS, with a simple blog post (Reddit comments). A massive project that has been in development for many years, is now open for your pleasure!

For those who love to read, love to play, and love science, Tau Station offers a unique narrative experience which evolves with your choices. But be warned, in a post-Catastrophe galaxy where most people are just struggling to survive, there isn’t always a clear way forward or a happy ending to be found.

With a backend written in Modern Perl 5 from scratch.

So why mention this in the Perl 6 Weekly? Because it shows that Perl as a mindset is very much alive. And that we already have a Perl 6 module for converting between TauStation’s GCT and Old Earth Time. Who knows what the future will bring in interfacing with Perl 6 and Perl 5 in general, and Tau Station in particular?

RFC for Quality Assurance of Perl 6 Modules

Patrick Spek is looking for feedback on improving Dist::Helper by adding a Quality Assurance functionality. If you have any ideas about this issue, then please let them be known as comments to the issue!

Core Developments

  • Ticket status of past week.
  • Stefan Seifert fixed an issue with alignment of memory blocks in the nursery on picky architectures, after Robert Lemmen had found the issue.
  • Samantha McVey optimised the decoding of ShiftJIS.
  • Jonathan Worthington avoided a problem in subset constraints that was a regression.
  • And many smaller fixes, updates and improvements in preparation for the next Rakudo compiler release.

Blog Posts


Meanwhile on Twitter

Meanwhile on StackOverflow

Meanwhile on perl6-users

Meanwhile on FaceBook

With now more than 500 members in the Perl 6 Group!

Perl 6 in comments

Perl 6 Modules

New Modules (some of which I missed the previous weeks):

Updated Modules:

By the way, if you want to keep up to date on Perl 6 module uploads to CPAN, you can follow @perl6_cpan_new on Twitter, thanks to Shoichi Kaji.

Winding Down

After another week in which yours truly was on an emotional rollercoaster, it’s good to see that Perl 6 is getting out there more and more. Check in again next week for updates on all the things that have been happening, in the foreground and in the background!


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