2023.04 Thank you, JJ

JJ Merelo has been very active for the Perl and Raku communities for many years. Organizer of the YAPC::Europe in Granada, giving many Raku presentations, working on the Raku documentation, and a regular helper at FOSDEM. The past years, also as a Raku Steering Council member and the Raku Community Affairs Team. Earlier last year, JJ indicated that the Raku activities became too much, with all the other tasks JJ was performing.

As of January 1st 2023, JJ is no longer member of the RSC or the CAT. We thank JJ for all that they’ve done for Raku, and hope that JJ will continue to stay in touch with the Raku Community.

Steve’s Corner

Steve Dondley returns to the gym and brings us a script for finding outdated extensions in Raku module distributions.

Anton’s Corner

Anton Antonov discusses the generation of random sentences using the Raku Programming Language in Grammar based random sentences generation, Part 1.


Weekly Challenge #201 is available for your perusal.

New Pull Requests

Core Developments

  • Daniel Green fixed a non-fatal error in MoarVM’s JIT.
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen added many RakuAST tests (make test now at 102/139, +8), and added support for FIRST, NEXT and LAST phasers in RakuAST.
  • Stefan Seifert added RakuAST support for $?CLASS and ::?CLASS (at compile time) and the INIT phaser, fixed role application and an issue with binding generics in signatures, and quite a few things more (make spectest now at 627/1355, +9).
  • Christian Bartolomäus fixed an issue with typed optional @/% parameters on the JVM backend.

Questions about Raku

Meanwhile on Mastodon

Meanwhile, still on Twitter


New Raku Modules

  • Env::Dotenv “A Raku shim to load environment variables from .env into %*ENV” by Dan Stephenson.
  • Directory “An object representing a directory” by Steve Dondley.
  • TimeBomb “Trait to provide forced deprecation of Raku Code” by Joelle Maslak.

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

A blue monday week with a lot of new modules and module updates, and a few blog posts. But a lot of questions, many by new faces! Meanwhile, please keep the people in Ukraine in mind who are still fighting the Russian aggression. Слава Україні!  Героям слава!

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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