2020.44 Comma Comma

Jonathan Worthington has just announced the 2020.10 release of Comma, the IDE of choice for the Raku Programming Language. And this release comes with an impressive amount of new features and even direct support for Red, the Raku ORM!

In related news, Alexandr Zahatski has announced a new version of the dedicated Pod6 desktop editor called Podlite. This release supports import from markdown and export to HTML. It’s great to see Pod6 becoming easier and easier to work with for desktop publishing. But also for documenting Raku code as well, of course!

A nice bouquet

This week saw some nice blog posts again:

Please keep those blog posts coming! They’re good exercise for your Raku Advent Calendar post now less than a month away!

From the Raku Steering Council

The Raku Steering Council announces the ejection of Aleks-Daniel Jakimenko-Aleksejev from the Raku core team as well as from the Raku Steering Council. In a final word, Aleks-Daniel said:

Having someone in my immediate family pass away recently, I’ve been thinking lately how some things are considered inherently bad or negative, and how we always wish it was possible to turn things around. However, a death can relieve pain and stop suffering, a breakup can create space for new amazing relationships, and a person leaving a team allows both parties to move into differently great directions. I already have two very interesting projects coming up, so in some sense I’m grateful for being able to dedicate myself to them. I hope you are happy for my ejection too, as weird as it sounds 🙂 Let’s hug, say goodbye and move on. There is no need for talk about someone coming back, definitely not one that needs to be written.

Weekly Challenge

Weekly Challenge #85 is available for your perusal.

Core Developments

  • Nicholas Clark fixed a recently introduced inefficiency related to NativeCall in MoarVM and made some changes that allow better C compiler optimizations.
  • Samantha McVey checked the work by Steve Schulze to update MoarVM to Unicode 13.0 and Emoji 13.1, fixed some minor nits, and merged it.
  • Daniel Mita added flag to IO::Path.symlink that allows creation of relative symlinks.
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen implemented binding of array and hash slices and fixed some issues in the new @a[;] slicing capabilities in 6.e.PREVIEW. They also introduced a new Routine is test-assertion trait that allows for better error reporting from custom subroutines that perform tests.
  • Claudio Ramirez added support for Fedora 33 to the pre-built Rakudo compiler packages.
  • And many 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

Meanwhile on the mailing-list

Comments about Raku

New Raku Modules

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

A busy week again. Glad to see so many new modules and cool core improvements such as Unicode 13.1 support and the new is test-assertion trait that will help module and core developers alike! And a new release of Comma to boot! In the midst of everything else that’s going on in the world. For which yours truly would like you to know: stay healthy and stay safe! Check in next week for more Raku news!

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