Perl 6
Implementations: Revision 22
Perl 6 has several compilers and interpreters, and none is called "official Perl 6". [Larry Wall] has explained that anything that passes the test suite, is Perl 6. So far only partial implementations have been made, as listed below. With their feedback, the [Synopses] that form the language [specification] are evolving, and so is the test suite. This page is about software that can parse Perl 6, not VM's or runloops.

* [Rakudo] is currently the most feature-rich and the most actively developed implementation. It runs on [Parrot], a virtual machine for many dynamic languages.

* [Pugs] was the leading implementation from 2005 until about 2007. It runs on "GHC Haskell"<http://www.haskell.org/ghc/index.html> and helped to develope the [test suite].

* [viv] is a derivation of [STD.pm] for testing and bootstrapping purposes. A utility called "gimme5" creates viv by translating STD.pm into Perl 5. This is possible because Larry very carefully wrote STD.pm in a translatable subset of Perl 6.

* [vill] bridging STD to the LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) compiler tools

* [Mildew] is a Perl 5 based compiler that embeds viv, and can emit code for several runtime engines, including JavaScript and SMOP.

* [Sprixel] started out with viv as the source code parser, and Google's V8 JavaScript engine as a runtime interpreter. Currently Sprixel is undergoing a complete rewrite. The future Sprixel will probably be written in C# and will run on Mono and the .NET Framework. It will include its own regex engine and Perl 6 grammar parser.

* [Elf] is a compiler written in Perl 6 with Perl 5 and Lisp backends.

* [Perlito], formerly known as MP6 (mini Perl 6), a Perl 6 subset build by Flavio Glock for bootstrap purposes.

* [KindaPerl6] (kp6)

* "v6"[Perl 6 for Perl 5] is a source filter for Perl 5.

[Historical Implementations] are definitively closed projects.


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