2021.03 Course Topped

The course of the Raku Programming Language by Andrew Shitov made it to the top 20 of Hacker News and spurred quite a few comments. The first associated Grant Report was also published. Nice to see so much more exposure!

Yanzhan’s Corner

Yanzhan Yang published two videos in the Raku Riddle series:

On Air

Joelle Maslak has written an extensive blogpost about how they created an “On Air” light in Making a Linux-Based “On-Air” Light for My Home Office w/ Camera & Google Calendar Integration (associated Raku module: BusyIndicator).

On programminglanguages.info

It looks like the Raku Programming Language made it to the programminglanguages.info website by Ramiro Gómez. The influence network graphic is pretty nice, but what is Self?

Love the language, but…

HortenseAndI has posted a love declaration about the Raku Programming Language on /r/rakulang, but with a twist: Raku is friggin’ slow. Many people reacted to it, with Ralph Mellor‘s comment standing out (as usual).

At #89 in social mentions

TIL that there is a LibHunt Index that monitors social media about mentions of programming languages. The Raku Programming Language is currently at #89. There should be ways to improve that :-).

New blog posts

And again a nice number of interesting blog posts:

Weekly Challenge

Weekly Challenge #96 is available for your perusal.

Core Developments

  • Patrick Böker changed the way an external program name is specified with the nqp::spawnprocasync op.
  • Nicholas Clark implemented the sec, asec and sech functions in terms of other NQP trigonomic functions, improving portability of Rakudo implementations on different backends.
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen reverted changes to the REPL (that turned out to cause more issues than that they fixed), introduced the CachedIterator role to speed up those Iterators that already have a cache (such as when iterating over a reified array), and made hash-slice assignment about 1.7x as fast.
  • Vadim Belman fixed an issue in error reporting when doing a (failing) test from a different thread.
  • And some other smaller fixes and improvements.

Pull Request of the past week:

Please check it 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

On what a travel agency has dubbed “Blue Monday“, it is indeed hard to not have the feeling of wanting to travel. I guess we will have to make do with a lot of video-conferencing, such as for the Raku Devroom at FOSDEM this year. Meanwhile, it bears repeating, that one should stay safe and stay healthy. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read next weeks Rakudo Weekly News! 🙂

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