2023.06 Ben Davies

The past week it became known to the Raku Community that Ben Davies (Kaiepi / @Mrofnet) passed away suddenly at home in the early hours of January 14, 2023 with his father Eric. Ben has worked on MoarVM, NQP and Rakudo since 2017. As such they worked on configuration issues, provided JIT templates and added support for asynchronous sockets in MoarVM. As well as working a lot on support of the JVM backend and optimizing Rakudo performance in general.

They will be missed. You can share a memory for his family.

Legacy: Blogs (Raku Advent), Raku Modules, Twitter, Github, Reddit, MoarVM (commits, PRs), NQP (commits, PRs), Rakudo (commits, PRs), IRC (#perl6, #perl6-dev, #raku, #raku-dev, #moarvm).

The Abstraction’s Corner

An long-time off-and-on contributor, now acting on the name “The Abstraction“, published the first of hopefully many blog posts about the Raku Programming Language: I 💗 Raku – Easy subroutine shortcuts to class constructors.


Weekly Challenge #203 is available for your perusal.

New Pull Requests

Core Developments

  • Elizabeth Mattijsen fixed a long-standing issue with type constraints on QuantHashes.
  • Christian Bartolomäus fixed breakage with use v6.e.PREVIEW on the JVM backend.
  • Márton Polgár fixed a recent regression in storing Maps.
  • In RakuAST news: Stefan Seifert fixed the canonicalization of non-literal colonpair values, added support for stacking of type derivations, fixed the resolver in dynamically compiled code that was missing symbols. Elizabeth Mattijsen added a RakuAST::Nqp class for directly generating nqp ops, refactored handling of pragmas in a new RakuAST::Pragma class, and added support for Complex literals.
  • The number of passing test-files with the new Raku grammar are now 128/140 (make test +3) and 665/1355 (make spectest +7).

Questions about Raku

Meanwhile on Mastodon

Meanwhile, still on Twitter

Meanwhile on the mailing list


New Raku Modules

Updated Raku Modules

Winding down

A (short) week overshadowed by loss. 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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