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Thursday December 27, 2007
01:23 PM

Perl 6 Infrequently Asked Questions

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  • How can I help?

    We can use smoke testers, developers, people to write documentation, people to read the documentation and tell us where there are problems, people to port libraries, people to write articles, people to write tests, people to keep the web sites up to date, and people to help recruit other people.

  • Thank you. I know this is hard work, and I know it's been a long time coming, and I can't wait to use it and enjoy how much it improves my programming life. I know lots of people have put a lot of effort into giving their work away for free for various reasons, and I know you've taken a lot of abuse and it seems like you'll never finish and no one appreciates what you do, and you'll go long-forgotten after it comes out, but seriously, thank you for everything.

    That wasn't a question, but you're definitely welcome.

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  • Is there / will there be things to do using something as high level as Perl 6? (rather than PIR/PASM/TGE/whatever or one of the other acronyms that people (like me) feel they are completely clueless about).

    Despite not having used it yet, Perl 6 feels fairly familiar, and I'm betting lots of people are eager to use it. Parrot assembler, however nice it is for being assembler, is something completely different.

    I think being able to contribute to Perl 6 in Perl 6 is an important threshold event when a lot more
    • Good question, and I agree.

      Patrick Michaud's latest project is NQP, for Not Quite Perl. This is a small language running on Parrot that, syntactically and semantically, is a subset of Perl 6. It feels a lot like Perl 6, but it doesn't support all of the features of the latter.

      It's interesting because it's part of PCT, the Parrot Compiler Toolkit.

      The best way to write a compiler in Parrot right now is to write a grammar in Perl 6 rules, then write transformation rules from the parse tree to PAST (the

  • I'm no expert of Perl. But would money be helpful too? Unfortunately I don't have much money either, but donated $20 to The Perl Foundation anyway. Thanks.
  • Repeating something I just posted to perl6-users (which btw is pretty much silent since october) - it would be nice to see what you can actually do with perl6 now.. i.e. "can I access databases", "can I draw a pie chart", "can I parse a large apache log file", "can I write a CGI script", etc.

    Not only would it answer many questions that are repeatedly endlessly about "is it done yet", it could provide a way in to people interested - if there is already something basic that people want to work on it will be e
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    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;