With some Rakudo days to catch up on post-vacation, and knowing Patrick was keen to get some container changes rolling, I made a second Rakudo day this week on Thursday. While waiting for Patrick to show up (we're quite a few timezones apart), I hit the RT queue.
Once Pm appeared, we dug into the refactoring, in a branch. The aim was to fix up various container semantics, and do various things correctly that we weren't doing before. As a side-effect, it would also aid memory usage. I started doing the big changes and got us down to failing under 2% of the regression tests that we passed before starting the refactor in just a few hours, and had various "unexpected successes" too (where TODO tests start to pass). I then worked with Patrick to track down some of the others, before finishing up my talk for the weekend's Twin City Perl Workshop and getting some sleep in before that. When I checked in on the IRC channel the next day, Patrick had finished and merged the branch. Over the coming days we'll probably find some more tests that we can now un-skip as a result of these fixes.
Thanks go to Vienna.pm for funding Thursday's work, and being a big part of making Twin City Perl Workshop a really good one.