2020.38 Council Results

Votemaster Will Coleda has published the results of the first Raku Steering Council election. Thanks to everybody who has voted! The elected council members are (in alphabetical order of their last name):

Congratulations! Yours truly assumes that after an initial meeting, the Council will come with a statement on how to proceed with the future of the Raku Programming Language.

Another Raku Survey

JJ Merelo has announced the results of the more general Raku User Survey that has been running in the past weeks: the raw CSV, and preliminary PDF. Kudos to JJ Merelo for taking care of this yet another year!

The DB of Unicode

Daniel Sockwell dives into the Unicode internals of the Raku Programming Language and finds out in more detail that Raku is pretty unique in that respect. In A deep dive into Raku’s Unicode support (/r/rakulang comments).

Of Proxy and Containers

Vadim Belman elaborates on the Proxy Container in the Advanced Raku for Beginners series: in other words, how you can override the FETCH and STORE methods on containers.

Many Pearls

Andrew Shitov wrote three episodes in the Pearls of Raku series this week:

Weekly Challenge

Weekly Challenge #79 is available for your perusal. A full review of the Raku solutions of Challenge #77 (including a video run-through) was done by Andrew Shitov.

Core Developments

Most of the core developments have been happening in the rakuast branch. The 2020.09 Rakudo Compiler Release has been postponed to iron out some configuration issues. Meanwhile, in the main branch:

  • Nicholas Clark added comments and ASCII diagrams explaining the new way hashes are implemented in MoarVM, which uncovered a very nice piece of hidden internals information to yours truly.
  • Stefan Seifert fixed an issue with dumping the contents of a P6opaque object in MoarVM.
  • Patrick Böker fixed another set of build issues.
  • Vadim Belman started a CAVEATS file for all platform dependent notes. And Will Coleda expanded on that.
  • Timo Paulssen has provided an AppImage for the Rakudo Compiler 2020.08.2 release. And possibly even more exciting for Linux users: an AppImage for moarperf, the full MoarVM performance profiler.
  • Jonathan Worthington improved the specialization of boxed Nums.

This week’s new Pull Requests:

Please check them out and leave any comments that you may have!

Questions about Raku

Finally crossed the 1500 question mark on StackOverflow. Keep those questions coming! Meanwhile:

Meanwhile on Twitter

Comments about Raku

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

The suspense was killing! Finally the election results are in. Yours truly is happy to have been selected by more 75% of the voters. It is good to know that so many people think you’re doing a good thing for the Raku Programming Language. Thank you! I congratulate the other elected members and look forward to work constructively with them!

Finally, again and again, please don’t forget to stay healthy and to stay safe. Next week there will be more news about Raku. Until then!

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