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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • You say:

    Number of stable Rakudo (Perl 6 on Parrot) releases since the Perl 6 project began in summer 2000: 17.

    Patrick's latest release announcement [perl.org] says:

    On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm pleased to announce the May 2009 development release of Rakudo Perl #17 "Stockholm".

    (and the previous 3 announcements are similar - I didn't check further than that.

    • If I recall correctly, the intent behind the wording of Rakudo's release announcements -- as well as its version numbers -- is to reduce the possibility of people expecting that any monthly release represents the whole of Perl 6.0.

      I hate the linguistic games around "stable" and "maintenance" and "development" almost as much as I hate the magical thinking around version numbers.

      With that said, I use the word "stable" to mean "passes tests on supported platforms" and "performs as intended". It's not the fina

      • Rakudo uses the phrase "development release" primarily as a way of indicating "No, we aren't claiming that it's Christmas yet." More formally, it's an explicit recognition that there are significant portions of the Perl 6 specification that Rakudo doesn't support yet.

        We don't (yet?) make any official claims about Rakudo's suitability for given purposes. Do I think Rakudo is ready today for a wide variety of general-purpose applications? No. Can I conceive that Rakudo today could be usable for more than