If you haven't already, Download Perl 6 to prepare.
Hacking on the VM (Parrot)
See the Official Parrot Wiki section on "Contributing to parrot".
The Perl 6 Community Development Server provides free accounts for Perl 6 development.
Reading material for Pugs hackers
Besides these links, the Pugs distribution also provides README, READTHEM and READTOO.
General Perl 6 tasks
A running list of tasks is kept at dev.pugscode.org. It's a catch-all list so something on it is bound to match your skill set!
The precursor TASKS list is in the repo. This document is kept for posterity but is not maintained.
A specific test to help with is Smart Linking.
Hacking on Rakudo
Rakudo Hacking - Information for hacking and contributing to Rakudo
Patches for updates to Rakudo should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with [PATCH] in the subject.
You can then see all patches (and others) on Perlbug or just not-yet-applied patches
Perl 6 tasks for Perl 6 programmers
Preludification Candidates discusses parts of Perl 6 that can be written in Perl 6.
There's also plenty to do related to the test suite, which is written in Perl 6. The most urgent need now is test suite refactoring.
See t/TASKS for other work to do there.
You might also be interested to Start Your Own Perl 6 Module, or work one of the existing ones. (You might also want to check out CPAN6.)
Twenty or so of the 99Problems series remain "unsolved" in perl6. Try coding a perl6 solution, express the solution as a test, and add to t/spec/integration/ in the test suite (see test suite refactoring). Use the existing solutions as guidance. If you have a solution, but do not have a comit bit for the pugs repository, try posting the solution on perl6-users list.
Hacking the Perl 6 docs
In general, official docs are stored in docs/Perl6 and docs/Pugs in POD format, and they are fair game to improve directly. The exception is most of the documents in docs/Perl6/Spec which is the official Perl 6 specification. Improvements to the official spec should be suggested to the perl6-language list.
- The README for would-be Pugs documentation contributors
- The evil plan. This mentions many things you can do to help out with docs, although it is a bit dated.
- A current task that needs help with filling out the Spec for IPC, IO and Signals. As a starting point, a lot of functions could just use the official Perl 5 docs copy/pasted in.
- Perl 6 Tables All in one Tutorial, linked and indexed. (English version just started.) It always needs help: write chapters, updates, fix typos.
- A central place for relevant introductions, tutorials, specifications is the Perl6::Doc Module, which also installs the p6doc commandline viewer; expect to see more content here in the near future.:
Work on this wiki
See About This Wiki.
Fundraising and networking
- Every year, people, companies, professionals and foundations give numerous multi-million donations to universities for new buildings, new faculty, and so on. Perl 6 is at least as important, and will have far greater ultimate techno-economic leverage in the great majority of cases. (Also, don't just think about Perl 6.0 — you want to establish major momentum to carry on through Perl 6.2, Perl 6.4, and so on — including the production of a growing series of CPAN6 power modules.)
Donate computers for test and development systems
Anything reasonable would probably be helpful somewhere.