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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Dave Mitchell): July 2022 Wed, 03-Aug-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Dave writes: This is my monthly report on work done during July covered by my TPF perl core maintenance grant. 3:57 BBC: TODDR/YAML-Syck-1.34.tar.gz 3:28 Format in fill-mode has inconsistent behaviour 4:58 Goto xsub forces scalar context 0:57 Returning undef returns a weird hash reference 0:37 Segmentation fault with use re 'eval' 0:20 fix build warning 39:28 make stack reference counted 6:11 process

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  • Grants: July 2022 Votes Mon, 01-Aug-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    The Grants Committee has concluded voting on the July 2022 round. One grant request was submitted: Grant Proposal: Google TensorFlow API Bindings for Perl VOTING RESULTS: Approved. 3 YES votes 0 NO votes, 3 ABSTAIN We accept proposals throughout the year; our next round of review will begin in July. You can submit proposals at any time. If you want to help with funding and increase our budget, please visit

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  • Todd Rinaldo Nominated for Board Position Tue, 19-Jul-2022 by Dave Rolsky

    We would like to present Todd Rinaldo as a candidate to join the foundation Board. He has worked with the foundation for many years as a conference organizer and in other capacities. The board will vote on Todd's appointment at the board meeting scheduled for 19th August 2022. Below is Todd's application, answering the questions of why he wants to be a member of the board and what he would

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  • Grant Proposal: Google TensorFlow API Bindings for Perl (John Napiorkowski) Mon, 11-Jul-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Name John Napiorkowski Amount Requested: The minimum budget for this project is $8,800 USD Synopsis This grant proposal is for the development of a Perl API to Google TensorFlow, a software library for machine learning and artificial intelligence TensorFlow is generally considered to be the most mature and well-supported ML/AI library, and will benefit the Perl community tremendously. Benefits to the Perl Community Most new software development projects tend to

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  • Maintaining Perl (Tony Cook): June 2022 Mon, 11-Jul-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Tony writes: 2022/06/01 Wednesday 0.28 comment on Win32 p5p thread 0.60 #18882 review, comment briefly 1.17 review github notifications 1.40 #19668 fail to build perl get it built, reproduce, work on test 0.17 #19668 finish test, fix, start test run, push for CI 3.62 2022/06/02 Thursday 0.07 #19668 open PR 1.42 review coverity report 351943, diagnose, research, fix, testing, push change for CI, open PR #19807 0.77 cid

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  • TPRC 2022 SOC Report Mon, 11-Jul-2022 by Todd Rinaldo

    As with past conferences, the TPRC 2022 conference had a Standards of Conduct document all attendees were required to agree to. We believe that it’s important to share the outcome of these policies so that people in our community know that we are enforcing them and what outcomes to expect from violations. This is an anonymized summary of the incidents reported to the SoC Committee and the committee’s response: A

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Dave Mitchell): June 2022 Sun, 10-Jul-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Dave writes: This is my monthly report on work done during June covered by my TPF perl core maintenance grant. SUMMARY: 0:47 improve docs for internal exception handling 1:46 look into disabling smartmatch/switch. 8:02 make stack reference counted 7:58 process p5p mailbox 18:33 TOTAL The most interesting thing I did was that near the end of the month I started work on "making the

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Dave Mitchell): May 2022 Sun, 10-Jul-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Dave writes: This is my monthly report for May on work done covered by my TPF perl core maintenance grant. The main things I did were to fix an obscure panic when an eval is the last statement in a regex code block, e.g. And, as a side-effect of working on that, I also improved the docs covering how perl handles exceptions internally. Other than that, I ended up

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  • Call for Grants: July 2022 Round Sun, 10-Jul-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    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 July 17th, 2022, UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback through July 24th, and we

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  • Volunteer rt.cpan.org Admins Needed Mon, 04-Jul-2022 by Dave Rolsky

    The rt.cpan.org RT instance is a valuable resource for the Perl community. But as with every system on the Internet that allows user input, it has a spam issue. While the automated filtering does catch some of it, some of it gets through, and we could use some volunteer help here. Volunteers will help delete spam tickets, disable spam accounts, check the spam filter, and generally help keep rt.cpan.org usable

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  • Do you want to support the Perl and Raku communities in a more strategic way? Sat, 18-Jun-2022 by Nic Evans

    Could you or someone you know be willing to invest a few days per month, offering skills and experience that would be useful to The Perl Foundation or Raku Foundation? Have you considered nominating yourself, or them, to join the Board? Potential Board members ideally will: want to get things done and add value be active in the open source community demonstrate professional and positive characteristics It would be great

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  • Calling All Grant Gurus! Fri, 17-Jun-2022 by Amber Deuel
    in: Grants

    We are in need of a volunteer to take over the Grants Committee Chair responsibilities ASAP. What does the Grants Committee Chair do? Grants Committee Chair Job Duties Open a grants call every two months to invite community members to apply for funding. Facilitate discussion of grants between the public,The Perl Foundation/Raku Foundation, and Grants Committee members. Tally and report voting outcome at the end of each grant call. Work

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  • Could you support future development of Perl and Raku? Wed, 15-Jun-2022 by Nic Evans

    Billions of people around the world rely on Perl and Raku in some way without even realising it. A new prospectus from The Perl Foundation highlights how you can contribute to its ongoing development, either financially, or through volunteering time. By doing so you can: Ensure Perl and Raku are sustainably maintained and developed Gain valuable education opportunities for your teams at conferences Engage in important networking opportunities and build

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  • Grant Update: Optree Optimisations for Performance Gains Thu, 09-Jun-2022 by alh
    in: Grants

    Work has started, though a roadblock has come up: https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2022/06/msg263847.html Paul has a few ideas to work around it. As some preliminary work, he wants to clean up op.c a bit and split the peephole optimiser out into its own file, per this thread: https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2021/12/msg262118.html There is now an MR for that here: https://github.com/Perl/perl5/pull/19835 Cheers, Matthew Horsfall

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  • TPRC June Newsletter Thu, 02-Jun-2022 by Todd Rinaldo
    • Plan your Stay
    • Stay Connected
    • Setup your Schedule
    • Call for Volunteers
    • Standards of Conduct
    • Sponsor
    • Lighting Talks
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  • Grants: May 2022 Votes Wed, 01-Jun-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    The Grants Committee has concluded voting on the May 2022 round. One grant request was submitted: Grant Proposal: Maintaining Perl VOTING RESULTS: Approved. 7 YES votes 0 NO votes, 0 ABSTAIN We accept proposals throughout the year; our next round of review will begin in July. You can submit proposals at any time. If you want to help with funding and increase our budget, please visit our donations page. We

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  • Outreachy 2022 - Two Interns Selected Mon, 30-May-2022 by Makoto Nozaki
    in: Outreachy

    I am pleased to announce we accepted two interns, Raquel and Yukti, to this year’s Outreachy internship at Open Food Facts. They will work with the two mentors, Stéphane Gigandet and Alex Garel, to improve the code quality of the Perl code of the Open Food Facts backend and website. This year they plan to focus on improving the Open Food Facts API and its tests and documentation, and refactor

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  • Unmissable keynote talk: 20 years of making a living with a ‘dead’ language Mon, 23-May-2022 by Todd Rinaldo

    Perl stalwart, Ruth Holloway, is giving this year’s keynote talk. She’s written perl for 21 years and is enjoying a solid career out of it, even though the person who taught her said the language was dead! Really? Yes! The language isn’t doing too bad, and as she says “Perl’s an awfully lively zombie!” Travel along with Ruth through two decades of the joys and sorrows, the best and the

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  • Grant Proposal: Maintaining Perl (Tony Cook) Thu, 12-May-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Name Anthony Cook Synopsis Free up one of the Perl core's contributors to work non-stop on making Perl better. Benefits to Perl Community This grant provides the Perl Steering Committee with a development resource to target as they will, while still providing for more general bug fixes and other improvements to the perl core. Project Details I intend to devote around 400 hours over the next 20 weeks to work

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  • Call for Grants: May 2022 Round Thu, 12-May-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    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 May 19, 2022, UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback through May 26th, and we

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  • TPRC Newsletter #2022-03 Mon, 09-May-2022 by Todd Rinaldo
    • The schedule is live.
    • Plan your stay
    • Attend Master Classes
    • Sign up for a lightning talk
    • Sponsor
    • Find out more about us
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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Dave Mitchell): April 2022 Sun, 08-May-2022 by Matthias Bloch

    Dave writes: This my monthly report for April on work done covered by my TPF perl core maintenance grant. The main thing I did last month was to fix up Deparse failures. The test suite runner has a switch, t/TEST -deparse which runs each of the 3000 or so test scripts on a round-trip through the deparser before running them as normal. This is a good general test of

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Dave Mitchell): March 2022 Thu, 21-Apr-2022 by Matthias Bloch

    Dave writes: This is my first report for my new TPF perl core maintenance grant. It actually covers 7 months, since for the first 6 months I've done almost no perl work. Happily, in the last week I've managed to actually start doing perl stuff again. Apart from catching up with my p5p mailbox the biggest thing I've been working on is fixing any regressions in 't/TEST -deparse', which

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  • Grant Proposals: March 2022 Mon, 28-Mar-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    We received no grant proposals for Perl or Raku in time for the March voting round. The next round of voting will be held starting in early May. But... there's no need to wait until then. We accept grant proposals all year round. To apply, please read How to Write a Proposal, GC Charter, Rules of Operation and Running Grants List will also help you understand how the grant process

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  • Take part in interviews to further enhance research findings Mon, 21-Mar-2022 by Nic Evans

    Published on behalf of TPF Board. Can you spare half an hour to take part in an interview for a research project into episodic, or occasional, participation in the Perl and Raku communities? In July last year we announced the launch of research conducted by Dr Ann Barcomb of the University of Calgary, in collaboration with The Perl Foundation. The results will be provided as a TPF report and will

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  • Call for Grants: March 2022 Round Sun, 20-Mar-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    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 March 27, 2022, UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback through April 3rd, and we

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  • TPRCHouston - Newsletter #2 Thu, 10-Mar-2022 by Todd Rinaldo

    Plan your stay, Attend Master Classes, Talks Posted, Call for Papers Extended, Organize, Sponsor, Find out more about us

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  • Perl & Raku featured in Linux Format magazine Fri, 04-Mar-2022 by Stuart J Mackintosh

    Our fantastic foundation administrator Nic Evans has secured a regular slot in Linux Format magazine where she is publishing Perl and Raku content as well as information on the Foundation. This magazine was selected as it talks to the general Linux user and has good coverage outside our existing audiences. We are also exploring other magazines with specific themes. The March 2022 edition includes a four-page article titled *Perl at

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  • RakuAST Grant 2022-01 update Wed, 16-Feb-2022 by Moritz Lenz

    After a bit of a pause, Jonathan Worthington has continued his work on the RakuAST grant. Find his progress report below. In addion, you might want to check out this really cool post about embedding BASIC in Raku based on the RakuAST branch. Things have moved slowly on the RakuAST work of late, between me needing more of a breather that I imagined after the new dispatch mechanism work, along

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  • Outreachy participation - looking for mentors Sun, 13-Feb-2022 by Makoto Nozaki
    in: Outreachy

    Last year The Perl Foundation participated in Outreachy May to August internships and it was successfully completed. We are looking to participate again this year. At this stage we are looking for mentors and project ideas from the Perl and Raku community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please read the Mentor description and contact me at makoto@perlfoundation.org. Note that mentors are expected to spend 5-10 hours per

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  • Grants: January 2022 Votes Thu, 10-Feb-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    The Grants Committee has concluded voting on the January 2022 round. One grant request was submitted: Grant Proposal: Optree Optimsiations for Performance Gains VOTING RESULTS: Approved. 7 YES votes 0 NO votes, 0 ABSTAIN We accept proposals throughout the year; our next round of review will begin in March. You can submit proposals at any time. If you want to help with funding and increase our budget, please visit our

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  • Grant Report 2021-12/2022-01 Raku CI Bot by Patrick Böker Sat, 29-Jan-2022 by Moritz Lenz

    Regarding the progress on his Raku CI Bot grant, Patrick Böker writes: In December and January I worked in different areas of RCB: I fixed smaller errors in all parts of the stack, so that now testing on the OBS backend works, ignoring errors caused by the still open bugs listed below. I started work on the website which currently allows viewing test status and results of a given test

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  • Grant Proposal: Optree Optimsiations for Performance Gains Thu, 20-Jan-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Synopsis Apply some efficiency optimisations to generated optrees in order to gain faster runtime performance. There are three ideas covered by this proposal; any or all of them can be created independently. In each case, it is hard to estimate upfront whether it would actually provide a measurable benefit to programs in practice, so part of the project involves attempting to measure the impact it creates. Project Details Inside a

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  • Call for Grants: January 2022 Round Thu, 20-Jan-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    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 Jan 31, 2022, UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback through February 7th, and we

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  • New year, new impetus for Perl Foundation Marketing Committee Sat, 15-Jan-2022 by Nic Evans
    in: Marketing

    The TPF Marketing Committee wants to raise USD$100,000 to fund Perl and Raku development and make 2022 the year of Perl and Raku. But we can only do this with community support. In 2022 the Perl Foundation Marketing Committee aims to: Achieve a fundraising target of $100,000 through improved fundraising efforts Improve and sustain the perception of Perl Address feature gaps from community feedback Demonstrate why people should use Perl

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  • Season of Docs successful completion Fri, 24-Dec-2021 by Makoto Nozaki

    As previously announced, one of The Perl Foundation's initiatives for this year was to participate in Google Season of Docs. I'm pleased to announce that Khawar Latif Khan successfully completed the project. You can read further details at Khawar's Medium article Jason McIntosh's case study In addition, Khawar plans to share his experience at the next Perl and Raku Conference in Houston. I'd like to thank: Khawar for his quality

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  • Supporting TPF – potential tax savings Fri, 24-Dec-2021 by Nic Evans

    With the end of the year quickly approaching, The Perl Foundation want to thank you for all that you do in supporting us. Your support has allowed us to make significant strides in advancing the Perl and Raku languages, and the software behind them. There is, however, much work that still needs to be done. As you consider your year-end philanthropy, we want to highlight a few strategies that may

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  • TPRCHouston - Newsletter #1 Wed, 22-Dec-2021 by Todd Rinaldo

    About The Perl and Raku Conference in Houston. Call for Presenters and Master Class. Talk ideas? Volunteers wanted! Call for Sponsors. How to reach us.

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  • Do you want to partner with the Perl Marketing Committee to organize Hackathons in 2022? Thu, 09-Dec-2021 by Nic Evans

    In 2022, the Perl Marketing Committee are looking to help organize two hackathon events based on data collected in the survey run by Andrew Solomon. The initial focus areas are Editor/IDE integration, and CPAN Recommendations. The vision of the committee is to help make these events happen by partnering with projects within the Perl community. The goal is to make these events fun, rewarding, and successful, by being as accessible

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  • Raku CI Bot Grant Report October and November 2021 Sun, 05-Dec-2021 by Moritz Lenz

    Patrick Böker submitted his report for the Raku CI Bot grant, for the months of October and November: In October and November most of my time was spent on finding and fixing bugs. Several problems I encountered are bugs in third party systems. Some of those I tackled, some remain as bug reports. Reported and fixed bugs: Red: Boolean checking DateTime columns fails when using Pg #530 Red: Checking multiple

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  • Grant report: Optimizations building upon the new Raku dispatch mechanism Sat, 04-Dec-2021 by Matthias Bloch

    Jonathan writes: My latest grant proposal was recently approved. I had the possibility to dedicate quality time to Raku work at the start of November, but knew I would be tied up with some other work in the latter part of the month. Thus I optimistically forged ahead with some grant work while I could, crossing my fingers for approval. This report covers what got done. The main completed task

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  • Maintaining Perl 5 Core (Tony Cook): October 2021 Sun, 28-Nov-2021 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    Approximately 25 tickets were reviewed, and 3 patches were applied. 0.83 #12957 review discussion review sdbm source, comment 1.27 #18958 look over code #18958 review code and comment #18958 comment 1.59 #19020 research should the shell be trapping in this case? haven’t found anything appropriate, also look at dash source #19020 more dash source, comment 2.74 #19121 research and comment

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  • Grants: November 2021 Votes Tue, 16-Nov-2021 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    The Grants Committee has concluded voting on the November 2021 round. One grant request was submitted: Grant Proposal: Optimizations building upon the new Raku dispatch mechanism VOTING RESULTS: Approved. 4 YES votes 0 NO votes, 1 ABSTAIN We accept proposals throughout the year; our next round of review will begin in January. You can submit proposals at any time. If you want to help with funding and increase our budget,

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  • Volunteers needed for Perl dev room at FOSDEM (online) Thu, 11-Nov-2021 by Nic Evans

    FOSDEM will run online on 5-6 February 2022 and is calling for participation. The Marketing Committee would like to run a Perl dev room but need volunteers and speakers to assist. Talks need to be prerecorded and uploaded prior to the conference, which are then streamed to participants with Q&A after each. Before we request the room from FOSDEM and call for speakers, we need volunteers to assist with both

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  • Grant update: Persistent Data Structures for Raku, Daniel Sockwell Tue, 09-Nov-2021 by Moritz Lenz

    Daniel Sockwell has provided two updates to his Grant: Persistent Data Structures for Raku. The first update was already submitted in October, and not posted due to my own error. Enjoy the thorough description! Raku Persistent Data Structures Grant Report for September 2021 In September, I spent 28 hours on implementing Raku persistent data structures. That's a bit under the 10 hour/week I'd estimated that I'd spend, but I was

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

    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
    in: Grants

    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
    in: Grants

    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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