2020.43 Release And Star

Quite a number of releases this week(end): Alexander Kiryuhin released the Rakudo 2020.10 compiler release, Claudio Ramirez immediately provided many Linux package versions of that release, and JJ Merelo updated the standard Raku Alpine Docker image, as well as the special Raku Alpine Docker Image for testing modules by module developers.

And Patrick Spek also immediately sprang into action by creating a Rakudo Star 2020.10 release. Sadly without a confirmed Windows build: volunteers welcome. And kudos to all who made these releases possible!

Weekly Challenge

Weekly Challenge #84 is available for your perusal. Andrew Shitov did a full review of Challenge #81 as well as a full review of Challenge #82, both with video treatments!

Core Developments

  • Nicholas Clark fixed a number of issues with MoarVM on big-endian systems, changed the way unicode information is compiled into MoarVM and made sure some rogue alloc / free calls are properly wrapped in MVM_* macros.
  • Ben Davies made sure that the MVM_recalloc function only attempts to zero out memory when it should.
  • Will Coleda and Elizabeth Mattijsen documented some more nqp:: ops that weren’t properly documented before.
  • Daniel Green added a .gitattributes file to help core developer with git diff.
  • Tom Browder made sure that copying from a directory to a file with IO::Path.copy will not clobber the file (as copying from a directory is not supported).
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen added a 𝐑𝐚𝐤𝐮𝐝𝐨™ and 𝐑𝐚𝐤𝐮™ welcome message at the request of the TPF lawyer in aid of proper trademark registration. They also made creating a Uni and several methods on native arrays much faster. And introduced support for the prefix || operator inside postcircumfixes (allowing the %h{||@indices} syntax on multi-dimensional hashes and arrays in v6.e).
  • Patrick Böker refined the work on the rakuw.exe “window” application.
  • Alexandre Jousset fixed an issue that was preventing the Compress::Bzip2 module from being installed.
  • Vadim Belman fixed an issue with multi submethods being visible for subclasses.
  • And other smaller fixes and improvements.

This week’s new Pull Requests:

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

Questions about Raku

Meanwhile on Twitter

Comments about Raku

New Raku Modules

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

A week without any real blog posts, but with some new Raku modules! And new releases and some interesting new Raku Programming Language features. As always: please don’t forget to stay healthy and to stay safe. And make sure to check in next week for more Raku news!

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