• Final Report: Raku Dispatch and Compiler Improvements Grant Update Mon, 25-Oct-2021 by Jason A. Crome

    During September, I completed the remaining hours on my current grant. The key aim of the grant to bring my work on a new generalized dispatch mechanism to the point where it could be merged and delivered to Raku users has been achieved, the merge taking place on 29th September. I wrote a blog post that provides some data on the improvements, as well as identifying future work that can

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  • Grant Proposal: Optimizations building upon the new Raku dispatch mechanism Mon, 25-Oct-2021 by Jason A. Crome

    Project title Optimizations building upon the new Raku dispatch mechanism Author Jonathan Worthington Synopsis Recently a new dispatch mechanism was merged into MoarVM, along with changes to Rakudo to make use of it. This led to a number of performance improvements in the immediate, and incidentally fixed various long-standing bugs. This is, however, just the start of what can be achieved with the new dispatch architecture and the changes made

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  • Call for Grants: November 2021 Round Mon, 25-Oct-2021 by Jason A. Crome

    The Grants Committee is accepting grant proposals all the time. We evaluate them every two months and another round is starting. If you have an idea for doing some work that will benefit the Perl or Raku communities, please consider submitting a grant application. The application deadline for this round is 23:59 November 5, 2021, UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback through November 12th, and we

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  • Please spare ten minutes for the Calgary Research Study Mon, 25-Oct-2021 by Nic Evans

    Have you completed the online survey which forms part of the research by Dr. Ann Barcomb of the University of Calgary to understand episodic, or occasional, participation in the Perl and Raku communities. The research is being undertaken in collaboration with The Perl Foundation. More information is in the launch article. The survey requires 125-150 participants before analysis of the results can begin. To date 95 people have completed the

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  • Raku CI Bot Grant Report for September 2021 Mon, 11-Oct-2021 by Moritz Lenz

    Regarding his Raku CI bot grant, Patrick Böker writes: In September I: got the OBS interfacing component working, and got the GitHub interfacing component working. I hoped to manage to put a working system together this weekend. That didn't quite work out, but there is not much missing. So I'm hopeful to do so in the coming days.

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  • Raku Dispatch and Compiler Improvements: Final Grant Report Jonathan Worthington Thu, 07-Oct-2021 by Matthias Bloch

    Jonathan completed the work on his grant. The changes were merged into Raku and will be productive in the next Raku release. We tank the sponsors for supporting this grant, Jonathan for his work; and also the other volunteers who helped with various tasks so this big change could be merged.

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Tony Cook): September 2021 (updated) Sun, 03-Oct-2021 by Jason A. Crome

    Approximately 30 tickets were reviewed, and 4 patches were applied 2.75 #1420 re-work PL_last_in_io to act more like last_in_gv with validation, testing, work on commit message #1420 create ticket #19124 for last_in_gv assert create draft PR #19125 1.06 #17128 review discussion consider possible changes, close #17128 review discussion consider possible changes, close 3.14 #18606 testing, debugging #18606 debugging 0.33

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  • Season of Docs project supporting newcomers and perl docs team Thu, 30-Sep-2021 by Nic Evans

    Work continues at pace on the comprehensive audit of Perl's core documentation collection, which is funded through Google’s Season of Docs. The project was announced and began in May. As planned, it is expected to complete before the end of November. Technical writer and communications specialist, Khawar Latif Khan is working in stages and has completed a full content audit alongside members of the community who have helped to test

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  • CAT open session – your thoughts and ideas Mon, 27-Sep-2021 by Nic Evans

    DATE CONFIRMED 20 October 2021, 1730 UTC https://meetings.opusvl.com/CATOpenSession TPF is hosting this community open session to discuss the Community Affairs Team and next steps. We want your thoughts and your ideas. It would be great to see a broad section of the community, including people who don't normally engage in these discussions. If you have something to say, this is your opportunity.

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Tony Cook): August 2021 Report Sun, 26-Sep-2021 by Jason A. Crome

    Tony reports his August progress on maintaining the Perl 5 core: Approximately 40 tickets were reviewed, and 7 patches were applied 7.45 #18606 produce another case where the implementation fails, comment, try to work on a fix #18606 research, code on making a new stub cv #18606 more try to make stub cv #18606 get it seemingly working, needs more tests 0.31 #18746 reply

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Dave Mitchell): August 2021 Report Sun, 26-Sep-2021 by Jason A. Crome

    This is my final report for my second TPF perl5 maintenance grant, which has now come to an end. Many thanks to my grant monitors for their endless +1's First: the 'what I did last month' part of this report covers all of August and up to 10th September. I made a start on getting the build back into shape by starting to look at things like failing smokes and

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  • Next steps of research study launched - interviewees wanted Fri, 17-Sep-2021 by Nic Evans

    Dr. Ann Barcomb, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, is conducting a study on practices for managing episodic, or occasional, contributors to the Perl/Raku project, in collaboration with The Perl Foundation. Following on from the survey she launched earlier in the year, she would like to interview community managers/leaders or those who have an overview of the participation of numerous contributors. The interview will look at your experiences

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  • Board update September 2021 Thu, 16-Sep-2021 by Stuart J Mackintosh

    Board update There have been many changes at the Foundation over the last year including a number of changes to our Board. Welcome At our last formal meeting in August, we welcomed Daniel Sockwell to the Board of Directors. Daniel has worked with the Foundation over the last year by serving on the Legal/Commercial Committee and by participating in the monthly community meetings. In his responses to questions during nomination,

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  • Raku Dispatch and Compiler Improvements: Grant Report Jonathan Worthington Tue, 14-Sep-2021 by Matthias Bloch

    Jonathan reports a lot of progress on his grant. We would like to thank the sponsors and Jonathan for his work. Here is his report: Raku Dispatch and Compiler Improvements Grant Update Since the approval of my grant in late June, I have been making a lot of progress with it. The grant allowed me to dedicate the vast majority of my working time in July and August to Raku

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  • Outreachy Perl internship 2021 successful completion Sat, 11-Sep-2021 by Makoto Nozaki

    I am pleased to announce that the Outreachy internship concluded successfully again in 2021. As previously announced, The Perl Foundation accepted Rosheen Naeem as an intern for 2021 to work on Open Food Facts. Stéphane Gigandet provided mentorship for her during the entire program. I would like to congratulate both for the successful program completion and express gratitude for their hard work. Rosheen reported that she completed the following during

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