Perl 6 Mailing Lists
The currently active Perl 6 mailing lists are at (http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/) and Google Groups (http://groups.google.com/) under these names:
* perl.perl6.users # For users of (versus developers of) Perl 6.
(Note: since Google Groups mirrors these lists, there used to be some sort of problem with posts to these groups through Google not being seen by the subscribers to the underlying mail lists, meaning most people never saw the post in real time. Please update this note if that's changed. Keep in mind that Google Groups is still a fantastic resource for searching perl.perl6.* archives, and for reading threads on the web.)
You can also get these list by email; see (http://lists.cpan.org/showlist.cgi?name=perl6-users) for details (and make appropriate substitutions on "-users" for other groups).
You can access the mailing lists in several ways (we use perl.perl6.users as an example below, make appropriate substitutions for the other cases):
* Subscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Access the news feed by pointing your news reader to: (news://nntp.perl.org/perl.perl6.users). Need a decent Windows newsreader? Mozilla's Thunderbird works for me.
* We're also (
: at last! :) available at Google Groups perl.perl6.users (http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl6.users).
* We're also available at Gmane, but as .user, without the final "s" (http://dir.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.perl.perl6.user), and there is a corresponding archive at (http://email@example.com/).
Subject lines of mailing list posts with a link to each post can be found in the perl.perl6.users mail list archives (http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl6.users).
* There is also a RSS feed.
Perl 6 IRC
IRC channels (and their archives) are a major source of useful information. NOTE: Please don't unthinkingly interrupt and pester the developers of Perl 6 with questions that you can just as well ask on perl.perl6.users, which they and others can then later answer at their convenience. (As always, it's good manners to search Google Groups and to check archival logs before posting questions.)
* The "#perl6" IRC channel is on (http://freenode.net/).
* Daily logs are available.
* "TimToady" is Larry Wall's nickname on #perl6.
* Need an IRC client on Windows? Try Chatzilla, a Firefox extension.
* Some handy #perl6 "bot-isms":
o ?eval <Perl 6 expression> # Replays with evaluated expression.
o perlbot nopaste # Use to paste blocks of text offline; it replies to IRC with URL to it.
Hacking the Perl 6 production docs
- Read this first.
- The evil plan. This mentions many things you can do to help out with docs, although it is a bit dated.
- This plan is still current AFAIK: "Perl 6 developers are refactoring relevant introductions, tutorials, specifications into the Perl6::Doc namespace; expect to see this module subsumed by it in the near future.":
Hacking on (versus hacking with) Perl 6