2021.33 Cucumbering

Some weeks just have sad news: And the saddest part about this, is that it wasn’t until this week to become known that Robert Lemmen has died in June 2020 already. Robert Lemmen mostly worked on Debian, in the Raku context specifically about packaging Raku on Debian. They also had a number of modules in the Raku ecosystem, and also blogged about them (The Surprising Sanity of Using a Cache but Not Updating It).

Contributors to open source projects regularly drop out of sight of the project, usually because they are too busy with other stuff. So it’s not uncommon to miss someone, but the general feeling is that they will return at some point. Alas, not so for Robert Lemmen. They will be missed.

Natural language principles

Daniel Sockwell re-read an old post by Larry Wall, which inspired them to start an interesting discussion about the natural language principles in Raku.

A Camel in the Room

The past week saw the publication of two articles in “mainstream” online media about events related to The Perl Foundation: TheRegister (HackerNews comments), ArsTechnica (HackerNews, /r/programming comments), which sadly also involved members of the Raku community (including yours truly). You should probably skip the comments.

Alexey’s Corner

Alexey Melezhik only blogged once this week: Bird – Raku DSL for infrastructure testing.

Flavio’s Corner

Flavio Poletti re-iterated on previous blog posts this week:

Wenzel’s Corner

Wenzel was inspired by a blog post by Flavio again: Inequality, about the difference between 1 and 1.0 in set operations (/r/rakulang comments).


Weekly Challenge #126 is available for your perusal.

New Pull Requests

Core Developments

  • Nicholas Clark changed the stringification of floating point values from using the Grisu3 to using the Ryū algorithm on MoarVM.
  • Daniel Green fixed a memory leak related to filenames of files to load MoarVM bytecode.
  • Will Coleda updated the documentation of some nqp functions.
  • raydiak fixed the rendering of nested para blocks in Pod::To::Text.
  • Vadim Belman fixed an issue with the precedence of let and temp.

A very quiet week indeed. Pretty sure this will pick up again after a lot of people have returned from vacation!

Questions about Raku

Meanwhile on Twitter

Meanwhile on the mailing list

Comments about Raku

New Raku Modules

  • taurus Taurus parses Call logs by Andinus.

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

Vacation time with a lot of emotional churn. Remain careful and vigilant, also during your vacation, and when back from vacation! This pandemic is far from over yet! See you all next week, hopefully in good health!


    • >> You should probably skip the comments.
      >Hah! When ever isn’t this true? (And yes, I’m aware of the irony of posting this as a comment 😉 )
      Escher is entering the building.


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