Perl 6
Perl 6: Revision 311

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Any language which passes the Perl 6 specification tests is an implementation of Perl 6. "Rakudo" is the name of one of the implementations. There are others.

  • Rakudo Perl 6 is the Perl 6 implementation based on the Parrot VM. There are also Haskell and C implementations underway. Rakudo Perl 6 interoperates with other Parrot-based languages. See the Official Parrot Wiki and Parrot Home Page. (These changed in fall, 2008, with the foundation of the Parrot Foundation.)
  • Perl 6 will of course also support mainline Perl 5.10+ (and thus CPAN) interoperability. Here's the Official Perl 5 Wiki.
  • Amazing Perl 6 snippets

Awesome "Cross the Finish Line" grant for Rakudo Perl 6

Thank you Ian Hague!

Endless thanks to all of our wonderful supporters

Perl 6 is the "Super-Perl" successor of Perl 5

  • "We're really serious about reinventing everything that needs reinventing." — Larry Wall (2000).
  • "The Perl 6 design process is about keeping what works in Perl 5, fixing what doesn't, and adding what's missing. That means there will be a few fundamental changes to the language, a large number of extensions to existing features, and a handful of completely new ideas. These modifications, enhancements, and innovations will work together to make the future Perl even more insanely great...." — Damian Conway (2003).
  • "Perl 6 and Parrot have some extremely ambitious goals, and it’s my belief that the value and impact of our hard work and patience is going to play out for a very long time — that is, over at least many decades." — Patrick Michaud (2006).

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Gabor grant on integrating Padre and Parrot was cancelled. Gabor explains why in his blog. Note that this does not mean that this integration will not be done, or that TPF will not fund it. It just means that at this point Gabor does not have the time to deliver the grant on time.

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