I was reproached by my colleague because of the lack of "no cake"-style jokes in this last grant update. So what can I do to amend the situation? Firstly, let me concede that the below blog post is almost tear-inducingly boring. Secondly, let me remind you that when accosted by boring material such as that in this post, the most important thing to have is a positive outlook on life. Thank you.
The past couple of days have been really eventful. The coming couple of days probably will be, too. It seems fitting to punctuate all this eventfulness with a status-updating blog post, something that I apparently haven't gotten around to in a few weeks.
So, what's been happening?
utf8is an encoding, but
iso-8859-1is a charset. It's confusing me slightly, but that's OK. I can make the code work so that both are treated as "encodings" on the Perl 6 level.
Buf. It all culminated in a p6l thread. Oha is writing code that uses Buf for network traffic, and has been preparing a patch for making
Bufs instead of
Strs. In trying out this patch, oha++ found that some tests will never work when
Bufs are used. Those tests will probably need to be rewritten.
unpackin a branch. I'm making steady progress, and trying to take in documentation such as Perl 5's
perldoc -f packand
binary. It's a lot to take in, and I won't aim for full functionality — look, Perl 5 has 14699 tests for pack! — but rather a reasonable subset of the directives from Perl 5.
There's a lot to be said about the interplay between Perl 6's high level of abstraction and the almost reckless to-the-metal feeling of
&unpack. Add to this that the "metal" in this case is Parrot, which in some regards is there to abstract away the real metal. I think the details of this interplay might well be the subject of a separate blog post. When I'm not busy finishing up the code itself. 哈哈
The hard pencils-down deadline for GSoC is on Monday. I'm pretty sure I will have tied up the remaining loose ends by then, but I also foresee a couple of fairly focused hours programming before that. Time to dig back in; see you on the other side.