Most folks probably aren't aware of this, but Stichting NLnet is sponsoring quite a bit of Parrot's development. We report to them every two months about the state of Parrot so they can feel comfortable with how it's going. Unfortunately, I had too much on my plate to be the grant manager for Parrot and Dave Rolsky volunteered to step in and help out. He now communicates the Parrot development status to NLNet every two months and ensures that we're paying out grant money only for work which is actually done.
Here's a rough overview of the information Dave has provided last time:
Chip Salzenberg is working on milestone 1: the design document milestone. The deliverables for this milestone are the Parrot design documents (PDDs). In this period, Chip has completed the overall roadmap for the design documents (PDD 0), the lexical variables design document (PDD 20), and the calling conventions design document (PDD 3). In addition, Chip is responsible for ongoing design decisions on the mailing lists and over IRC, and architectural and code review on major contributions to Parrot.
Leo Tötsch is working on milestone 2: the stub implementation milestone. He released Parrot 0.3.0 on October 1st. The most significant feature of this release is the implementation of the new calling conventions.
He released Parrot 0.3.1 on November 6th. The most significant feature of this release is the completion of variable-sized register frames. This feature represents months of work by Leo and is an important step forward in flexibility and stability for Parrot. Among other things, moving to variable-sized register frames fixed a significant long-term bug in Parrot with continuation-based control flow. (See http://use.perl.org/~leo/journal/27504 for details.)
Leo plans to release Parrot 0.4.0 over the Dec 3rd-4th weekend. For this release he implemented lexical handling according to PDD20, and updated the Parrot tests for the new lexical handling. He also helped the developers of the TCL and Amber compilers on Parrot to use the new lexical syntax (both are working fine with it). Also included in this release will be his implementation of argument passing to exception handlers (TCL already works with it).
As you might imagine, it takes quite a bit of time to extract and organize all of that information. Also, the project sponsors sometimes request clarifications or additional information. Because NLNet has sponsored $70,00.00 for Parrot development, it's very important that we ensure they receive timely, accurate and complete information.