2021.13 Games Pop

JJ Atria just announced another part of the Raku Programming Language’s growing support for games: POP, an experimental 2D game development framework. It has been inspired by frameworks like LÓVE2D and Pico-8, and by others of a similar nature. Meanwhile, it turns out that this work is complementary to Geoffrey Broadwell‘s MUGS (Multi-User Gaming Services) project. Which made it the right time to start a new IRC channel dedicated to game development using the Raku Programming Language: #raku-gamedev on Freenode.

First Raku-CI Bot Grant Report

Patrick Böker has published their first grant report for the Raku Continuous Integration Bot Grant: it gives an introduction to Patrick, the problem space, the plan and the next steps to be taken. It’s cool to see the project taking off (/r/rakulang comments)!

Season of Docs

JJ Merelo has initiated a formal request to improve the documentation of the Raku Programming Language for the Google Season of Docs (/r/rakulang comments).


Weekly Challenge #106 is available for your perusal. And this week’s “What’s everyone working on (2021.13)” as well.

Pull Requests

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

Core Developments

  • Ben Davies made sure that C-pointer serialization is constrained to a maximum of 32 bits.
  • Stefan Seifert fixed another nest of race conditions and GC issues in MoarVM, NQP and Rakudo, and fixed an issue with improper inlining of blocks that shouldn’t because they have phasers in them.
  • Daniel Green improved the speed of truthy checks on arrays in whiles and ifs in NQP.
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen added a .user and .group method to IO::Path, made the Str.wordcase method and initialization of QuantHashes about 5x as fast, and reduced the overhead of many builtin subs, such as open(),
  • Nicholas Clark removed two obsolete compatibility wrappers.
  • Vadim Belman fixed an issue with integration of NQP classes into Rakudo.
  • Christian Bartolomäus identified a regression on the JVM backend (now fixed).
  • And various other fixes and improvements.

Questions about Raku

Meanwhile on Twitter

Meanwhile on the mailing list

Comments about Raku

New Raku Modules

  • TOML by Tony O’Dell.
  • POP by JJ Atria.

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

More gaming! Again, it’s good to see Raku being used for fun and profit. Please check in again next week for another instalment of the Rakudo Weekly News! Healthy and safe, please!

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