Author Archives: pmichaud

Suspending Rakudo support for Parrot

At FOSDEM 2015, Larry announced that there will likely be a Perl 6 release candidate in 2015, possibly around the September timeframe. What we’re aiming for is concurrent publication of a language specification that has been implemented and tested in … Continue reading

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APW2014 and the Rakudo Great List Refactor

This past weekend I attended the 2014 Austrian Perl Workshop and Hackathon in Salzburg, which turned out to be an excellent way for me to catch up on recent changes to Perl 6 and Rakudo. I also wanted to participate directly … Continue reading

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A Perl 6 developer’s reply to a Russian Perl Podcast

[This is a response to the Russian Perl Podcast transcribed by Peter Rabbitson and discussed at] I found this translation and podcast to be interesting and useful, thanks to all who put it together. Since there seems to have been … Continue reading

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A Rakudo Performance

At YAPC::NA 2012 in Madison, WI I gave a lightning talk about basic improvements in Rakudo’s performance over the past couple of years.  Earlier today the video of the lightning talks session appeared on YouTube; I’ve clipped out my talk … Continue reading

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Roborama 2012a

A couple of weeks ago I entered the Dallas Personal Robotics Group Roborama 2012a competition, and managed to come away with first place in the RoboColumbus event and Line Following event (Senior Level).  For my robot I used one of … Continue reading

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Oslo Perl 6 Patterns Hackathon, Days 1-2

For the past couple of days I’ve been in Oslo, Norway, attending the Perl 6 Patterns Hackathon sponsored by Oslo Perl Mongers, Jan Ingvoldstad IT, and NUUG Foundation. A lot of things are happening at the hackathon, as you’ll see below. First, Oslo … Continue reading

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FLL: Matching LEGO wheels

This last fall my wife and I sponsored and coached a FIRST LEGO League robotics team that competed in the North Texas FLL Regional Tournament. We all had a great time and learned a lot. In the process we also … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on YAPC::EU 2011

YAPC::EU 2011 in Riga has just about finished, and it has been great seeing long-time friends again and making new ones. I’ve heard many people remark that we really wish there could be more weeks like these. There are two … Continue reading

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New regex engine for nqp and nom, now passing 7K spectests

Nom and nqp now have a new regular expression engine (currently known as “QRegex”) that I’ve implemented over the past week. As progress continued on the new “nom” branch of Rakudo since my last posting, it was becoming increasingly evident … Continue reading

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More nom features and spectests, still 5x faster than master

Progress continues on the nom branch of Rakudo. As of this writing we’re up to 89 spectest files and over 1000 passing spectests, which is a good improvement from just five days ago. We continue to see that nom performs … Continue reading

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