Vienna.pm is proud to announce that we will fund Patrick R. Michaud to work one day a week (or ~4 days a month) on Rakudo Perl. Like Jonathan Worthington, Patrick will receive 150 Euro per 8-hour day starting from now until the end of 2009.
Patrick is being funded through the Ian Hague grant for some of his Rakudo Perl work, but that grant is really focused on building large-scale components needed for Perl 6 development (such as the parser and regex/grammar engine, which are multi-week tasks). As the Rakudo Perl 6 pumpking, Patrick finds himself doing lots of smaller 1-or-2-day tasks that are high profile and critical for Rakudo development, but for which it's difficult to obtain any sort of funding or support. Until now...
Patrick promised to blog about his Rakudo days, and we're looking forward to see all the good stuff he's going to create.
on behalf of Vienna.pm
PS: A Perl 5 related grant will be announced shortly