2021.04 Grant Reporting

Jonathan Worthington reports on getting back to working on the RakuAST Grant for the Raku Programming Language, which is great news (/r/rakulang comments)!

Call for Grant Proposals

Only a few days left until the January 2021 Round of Grant Proposals closes. Note that if you can’t make this deadline, you can always submit your proposals for the next round!

German Workshop Online Only

It turns out that it will be impossible to actually visit the German Workshop in person in 2021: it will only be hosted online from 24 to 26 March. A visit to the beautiful city of Leipzig will need to happen in a future instalment, it seems!

New blog posts


Weekly Challenge #97 is available for your perusal. Yanzhan Yang posted Pascal’s Triangle: Solution to Riddle #3 of the Raku Riddle Contest and posted Riddle #4. And there is an online Raku Study Group (almost) every Sunday hosted by Joseph Brenner.

Core Developments

Sadly it turned out impossible to create a Rakudo Compiler Release this weekend due to technical difficulties regarding testing the module ecosystem. This will most likely mean that there will not be a 2021.01 Release, and that we’ll skip to a 2021.02 release in a few weeks time. What did happen the past week, was:

  • Stéphane Payrard removed some more p6 fossils from MoarVM’s internal documentation.
  • Stefan Seifert fixed an issue with bounds-checking with Buf.readint16 and friends.
  • Ben Davies added some Archetypes stub methods to avoid exceptions on certain types of introspections.
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen added the SIL (for Spesh Inline Log) module (and a MoarVM::SIL module) for core development purposes. It allows for easier checking on whether a given piece of code will inline certain frames or not. This now makes it possible to actually write tests for inlining (to provide a “canary in the coal-mine” for code refactors that would thwart inlining).
  • And some other smaller tweaks and fixes.

Pull Requests 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

Useful Snippets

New Raku Modules

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

In what could be called a quiet week, a massive number of modules got updated. Which is cool to see, an ecosystem in live action! Stay safe and stay healthy, it bears repeating! See you back here for next weeks Rakudo Weekly News! 🙂

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