Microgrants Archives

July 06, 2007

July 5th, 2007 - A trio of Perl 6 microgrants

Three more Perl 6 Microgrants have been awarded!

Jesse Vincent of Best Practical writes:

Flavio Glock will receive a travel microgrant to help him attend YAPC::EU and evangelize kp6 and the Perl 6 in Perl 6 effort.

Steve Pritchard will receive a microgrant to complete the RPM packaging of Parrot and Pugs for Fedora, and to submit those packages for inclusion in the official Fedora distribution. Steve will be blogging his progress at http://blog.stevecoinc.com/

Juerd Waalboer is the maintainer of feather.perl6.nl, the primary host for Pugs development. Juerd will receive a microgrant to purchase upgraded hardware for feather.

Five Perl 6 microgrants remain to be awarded, so if you've got a good idea, we want to hear about it. You can find out how to submit a proposal here:
http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/03/msg122448.html.

July 06, 2007

April 7, 2007 - Phil Crow to create JDBC API for Perl 6

From Jesse Vincent and Leon Brocard:

We're pleased to announce that we've selected Phil Crow as the recipient of the second Perl 6 microgrant. Phil is the hacker behind the Java::Swing module that allows Perl programmers to put a Java Swing GUI on their application without writing any Java and he'll be using this knowledge to convert Java declarations to Perl 6. You can find details of the project he's planning in the text of his grant application:

Tim Bunce has suggested that it would be nice to have a general purpose declaration translator from Java to Perl. In particular, he is interested in leveraging this tool to create a JDBC API for Perl 6 from the Java JDBC classes and interfaces. The result would then provide a strong foundation for the Perl 6 DBI.

I propose to write that translator. It would have two pieces:

  • One would use the Java deparser (part of its standard development kit) to turn Java classes or interfaces into an internal structure
  • The other half would turn that structure into valid Perl 6. Note that it would only translate class, interface, and method declarations, not code.

Success for this project will be a working translator that generates method declarations in Perl 6 from compiled Java .class files. While all cases might not be covered, at least the final product should not die when faced with the unexpected. The generated files will be tested using the then current version of Pugs.

This project is new and has only recently been discussed in response to the call for proposals. I'm sure I will have questions to direct to various Perl 6 mailing lists as the project progresses.

Phil will be blogging about his grant progress in in his use.perl journal.

This microgrant is supported by additional sponsorship from Tim Bunce / DBI.

Please join us in wishing him the best of luck with his project. We're really looking forward to seeing the results of this work.If you're interested in submitting a Perl 6 microgrant proposal, you can find details here.

July 06, 2007

March 26, 2007 - First Perl 6 microgrant announced

From Jesse Vincent & Leon Brocard:

We're pleased to announce that we've selected Steve Peters as the recipient of the first Perl 6 microgrant. Steve has been instrumental in helping to ensure that Perl 5 has stayed incredibly portable for the past few years. Steve's starting to turn some of his attention to Parrot. You can find details of the project he's planning in the text of his grant application:

There are several problems currently with Parrot's portability, which may inhibit its adoption as a run-anywhere VM. This problem will be a major obstacle in the Perl6-to-Parrot solutions that have been proposed.

Some of these problems include:

  • Failures to successfully link a Parrot executable with gcc on Cygwin.
  • Failures to successfully link a Parrot executable with icc or suncc on Linux.
  • Failures to successfully link a Parrot executable with Borland C++ on Windows.

These are the failures I have personally experienced. I suspect there may be additional problems on other OSes and platforms as well since there seems to be very spotty coverage of HP-UX and Solaris based on results seen on the Parrot smoke report website.

Having worked with the Perl 5 core for a few years now, I have a good deal of experience in this area. I currently smoke test Perl on four different operating systems with seven different compilers. I have worked to get Intel C++ and Sun Studio compiling Perl without failures on Linux. I am also currently working with Sun in their early access program to test out their new Sun Studio 12 compilers on both Linux and Solaris.

For completion of this grant, I believe the following would be the bare minimum needed for a successful project.

  • Successful completion of a full Cygwin compile of Parrot and application of necessary patches to Parrot. Test failures should be in line with what is observed on Linux or Mac OS X. That is clean up any test failures that seem to be platform specific to Cygwin.
  • Similarly, compiling Parrot with Intel C++ and Sun Studio 12 for Linux, application of any necessary patches, and cleanup of compiler specific issues.
  • Compiling Parrot with Borland C++ on Windows with application of necessary patches to the Parrot core. Cleanup of compiler specific issues with necessary additional changes patched in the Parrot core.
  • Investigation into gmake "-j" support to allow for parallel building of Parrot.

Additional planned work:

  • Additional cleanup for other OSes including (but not limited to) NetBSD, OpenBSD, and FreeBSD.
  • Testing and cleanup for Solaris (x86 and Sparc) and HP-UX if needed. As I only have guest access for the majority of these platforms, the work is dependent on continued access to these systems. As long as I have the access, though, I plan to treat this deliverable similarly to the others.

Steve will be blogging about his grant progress in his use.perl.org journal.

Please join us in wishing him the best of luck with his project. We're really looking forward to seeing the results of this work.

If you're interested in submitting a Perl 6 microgrant proposal, you can find details here.


You gave a url of : http://%20use.perl.org/~speters/journal

Should be: http://use.perl.org/~speters/journal/

contributed by will coleda on March 26, 2007 11:37 PM


Thanks Will, fixed!

contributed by Ask Bjørn Hansen on March 27, 2007 6:57 PM

July 06, 2007

March 22, 2007 - Best Practical sponsors Perl 6 Microgrants

Best Practical and TPF are pleased to announce the inaugural Perl 6 Microgrants program.

Best Practical Solutions has donated USD5,000 to The Perl Foundation to help support Perl 6 Development. Leon Brocard, representing TPF's Grants Committee, will work with Jesse Vincent, Perl 6 Project Manager (and owner of Best Practical), to select proposals and evaluate project success. We'll be making USD500 grants to worthy Perl 6-related efforts. We're hoping to fund a range of Perl 6-related projects over the life of the grant program. Accepted grants might be for coding, documentation, testing, or even writing articles about Perl 6.

The program isn't tied to any one implementation of Perl 6 -- we're interested in seeing proposals related to Pugs, Perl 6 on Parrot, Perl 6 on Perl 5, or any other Perl 6 implementation. Generally, we're interested in seeing projects that can be completed in 4-6 calendar weeks.

Submitting a Grant Proposal

To submit a grant proposal, please send an email to perl6-microgrants@perl.org with the following information:

  • A two to three paragraph summary of the work you intend to do
  • A quick bio - Who are you? Is there opensource work you've done that we should have a look at?
  • A brief description of what "success" will mean for your project - How will we know you're done?
  • Where (if anywhere) you've discussed your project in the past
  • Where you'll be blogging about your progress (Twice-weekly blog posts are a requirement for getting your grant money)

We'll be accepting proposals on a rolling schedule. We expect to pay out these first 10 grants over the course of the summer. Depending on how things go, we'll then either find more money for more grant programs, or we'll wind up the program and move on to other endeavors.

We're really excited to get rolling. Submit your proposals early and often. Don't let somebody else beat you to the punch. ;)

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