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  • Often newbies are shunted off into the boring areas of documentation or testing, they get (as expected) bored, and they leave.

    But one interesting and exciting area you might be able to help with is on Padre's Perl 6 support.

    The Padre community is extremely welcoming to beginners. There's lots of stuff to do in whatever area you are interested in, and we encouraging even the newest of newbies to just get in there and change the code. We prefer forward progress that gets cleaned up later to having people sit on the sidelines.

    There's lots of stuff to do, and since Padre is the only Perl 6 IDE (that I know of) at this point you get to make life better not just for yourself, but for the Perl 6 greats who will use it in the coming months, and the hundreds of thousands of people (literally) that will download the upcoming "Six" installers to see how Perl 6 is coming along.

    We'd be glad to have you.

    You can find us at #padre on [].

    • What I think is really needed for the Perl 6 support of Padre is someone who will start using it to learn Perl 6 and the technologies around it and start asking for help and dream up ways s/he could get that help from the IDE.

      Then someone can go in an implement that in the IDE or relay the need to the Perl 6, Rakudo or Parrot developers. (e.g. an easy way to index the documentation by adding X<> tags or by adding a library of examples that can be installed along the IDE and used)

    • What is the plan (if any) wrt machine readable Perl6?

      Would syntax highlighting be done with regexes and duct tape, or are there some kind of introspection available/planned for IDEs?

      I can only remember reading a few years ago that there was an idea to let Perl parse source and emit structural information suitable for syntax highlighting, navigation and so on, but I haven't heard anything in this area since.