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Project Ponie: Perl On New Internals Engine

posted by gnat on 2003.07.08 21:55   Printer-friendly
acme writes "Today at his State of the Onion speech during the 2003 O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Larry Wall announced the Ponie project (somewhere within his legendary humorous presentation). Ponie involves rewriting central parts of the Perl 5 interpreter to run on Parrot, the Perl 6 virtual machine, including a C API emulation layer to make existing XS code work. Arthur 'sky' Bergman is sponsored by his employer Fotango to develop Ponie. Currently, a press release and a FAQ are available. More details will be available soon."
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  • Ah. So that's what all the fuss was about - the Parrot team "borrowing" london.pm memes to make their projects seem cooler :)

    I confidently predict that the next two Parrot projects will be called "Buffy" and "Beer".

  • The proof is in the CPAN [cpan.org]:

    David Cantrell > Acme-Pony-1.1.2 > Acme::Pony
    Module Version: 1.1.2   Source  

    NAME
    SYNOPSIS
    DESCRIPTION
    DIAGNOSTICS
    AUTHOR
    COPYRIGHT

    NAME
    Acme::Pony - An encoding scheme for Silly People

    SYNOPSIS
    use Acme::Pony;

    print "Hello world";

    DESCRIPTION
    The first time you run a program under use Acme::Pony, the module removes all that nasty text stuff from your source file, turning it into a lovely ASCII-art rendition of a pony

    --


    --
    DO NOT LEAVE IT IS NOT REAL.

    • Leon contributed the code for scaling a vector Pony and filling it, replacing the bitmap Pony from the previous versions.

      That's just sad. Or cool. Sad and cool.

      --
      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • Instead of a parrot icon for this story, use.perl.org should design a new pony icon? But what should the pony look like and what should it be doing? And should Buffy be riding it?

    Here is a possible ascii art pony image [cpan.org] (though you might say it looks more like a horse than a pony).

    --
    /-\