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Sunday September 17, 2006
03:01 AM

Perl 6 Design Meeting Notes for 13 September 2006

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The Perl 6 Design Team met on 13 September. Patrick, Allison, Larry, and chromatic attended. These are the minutes.


  • fixing minor PGE bugs
  • applying small patches
  • decided to do the TGE refactor within the Perl 6 directory
  • saves having to do a branch
  • works out okay when using Perl 6 as the language within the curlies
  • will factor it out later into a standalone tool


  • branch or rewrite?


  • it's a copy of the TGE code into the directory and work on it in there


  • code fork?


  • yes
  • when everyone is comfortable with the revised version, we can move it back into the TGE-level directory
  • plan to get that done this weekend
  • more to report next week


  • getting caught up on everything
  • seems like I get back and everything breaks


  • at least the garage didn't flood, this time?


  • actually it did
  • battling the usual design fires
  • the latest language thing is the slaughter of all of the metamethods to name them more consistently
  • ref() is gone


  • I highly approve
  • I like this much better


  • can we take it out of Perl 5 too?


  • you can at least try
  • renaming skid() and meta() was not difficult to do
  • figuring out which ref() in Pugs is Perl 5 and which is Perl 6 is tough
  • changing meta() to HOW() reveals how overloaded the word "meta" is
  • I think that the new scheme, though it's a little bit quirky, has the benefit that particular words are not heavily overloaded in the current culture
  • we'll see
  • the HOW() object actually stands for Higher Order Working
  • or something like that
  • having fun with that lately
  • my next major outing is to Brazil in November for YAPC::SA


  • reviewing a bytecode PDD from Jonathan Worthington this week
  • quite good; I sent him comments
  • still going over the IO PDD
  • hope to spend more time talking to Chip in SF soon
  • I hope that'll be more motivational for both of us
  • it seems to be better when we have more interaction
  • I won't be here next week; I'll be in Brussels
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