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  • Which release is the "stable" release?

    After seeing your blog post, I went to, and I see:

    On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm pleased to announce the May 2009 development release of Rakudo Perl #17 "Stockholm". Rakudo is an implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine [1].

    If not even the Rakudo announcements say that it's anything more than a developer release, then why would people be expecting Rakudo to be ready for more than fiddling around because they're interested in the future of Perl?

    If Perl6 and Rakudo is the "now" of Perl, then it's time to treat it like something every day perl users consume, and not label it for tinkerers checking things out of SVN or building stuff marked as "developer" releases.

    You can feel like the code speaks for itself all you want, but if the project as a whole isn't "marketing" itself as ready for the masses (and if it says "developer release," it's not...) then the general Perl-using populace aren't going to try using it in real-world situations yet.

    I'm glad it's a healthy project for developers and perl forward-thinkers, but in the end, the project says "we're not ready to reach out to end-users just yet."