2022.47 Migratory

This year has seen a lot of migrations. In the real world sadly, but also online: the FreeNode fiasco comes to mind, and now Twitter appears to be going the same direction. So it was a good opportunity to start an official channel for the Raku Programming Language on Mastodon: https://fosstodon.org/@RakuLang, run by members of the Raku Steering Council. This will replace the two Twitter accounts that were run by Moritz Lenz and Roman Baumer.

Yours truly found out today that you can actually “follow” a tag on Mastodon. To follow the #RakuLang tag, the relative URL is /tags/RakuLang on your local Mastodon instance, so e.g. https://fosstodon.org/tags/RakuLang. Why the CamelCase? Aren’t tags case insensitive? They are indeed, but by camelcasing them, you make it easier on the people that need to use screen readers, as screenreaders take the capital letters as hints for pronunciation.

Special offer on Raku (e)Books!

It looks like Springer Verlag has put out a special offer on two Raku Books, each at about 10€ / 10$, and the ebook at about 7€ / 7$! It is unclear how long this offer will last! This would make an excellent Christmas present!

From the Documentation Team

After a lot of discussion, it was decided to start using the Github Discussions feature for the documentation project. And/or participate in discussions on the #raku-doc channel on Libera.chat (or just follow the live logs if you just want to lurk).

San Francisco Raku Study Group

Joseph Brenner has been hosting an on-line Raku Study group for quite some time now. Sadly, announcements so far had been out of step with the publication of the Rakudo Weekly News. That has been remedied, so yours truly is proud to announce there will be an online SF Raku Study group at 9 GMT on 4 and 18 December (password: 4RakuRoll). You will need Zoom to be installed.

Nikos’ Corner

Nikos Vaggalis published a column about the vision shared in The Perl and Raku Foundation (previously known as YAS: Yet Another Society).

Elizabeth’s Corner

Elizabeth Mattijsen continued their blogging streak with:


Weekly Challenge #192 is available for your perusal.

New Pull Requests

Core Developments

  • Elizabeth Mattijsen fixed an issue with file notifications.
  • Vadim Belman removed a whole set of now unused nqp::ops.
  • Stefan Seifert continued working on RakuAST, with tests now at 553/1355 (+2) and 79/131 (+1).

Questions about Raku

Meanwhile on Mastodon

Some weeks ago the big migration started. Yours truly went along (https://mastodon.social/@lizmat) and will be reporting Raku related information from the Mastodon area of the Fediverse. Turns out, there have been quite a few mentions of the Raku Programming Language on Mastodon in the past that were not properly reported in the Weekly. Without going to far back in history, here are the threads since October 2022:

Meanwhile on Twitter

Yours truly will continue to monitor Twitter, but decided to not post any new content on Twitter anymore.

Meanwhile on the mailing list

Comments about Raku

New Raku Modules

  • App::Rak::Complete “App::Rak with all its optional dependencies” by Elizabeth Mattijsen.
  • Function::Validation “Functions to help you validate the signature of functions” by Kay Rhodes.

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

An interesting week yet again. With a lot of changes. Fortunately, still the steady flow of Raku news!

This week’s picture of Lego-like bricks from the late 1960’s! To remind us Ukraine is still fighting the Russian aggression. Слава Україні!  Героям слава!

In the meantime, please keep staying safe, keep staying healthy, and keep up the good work!

If you like what I’m doing, committing to a small sponsorship would mean a great deal!

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