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  • Raku Advent Calendar submission deadline approaching! Thu, 24-Nov-2022 by Amber Deuel

    The Christmas season is almost here, and that means a fresh batch of Raku Advent Calendar posts. Every year since 2009, the Raku community has hosted an annual Advent event, in the spirit of Perl and other projects, consisting of daily articles starting on the 1st of December and ending on the 25th. The Raku community has had so many great posts and, hopefully, this year will live up to

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  • Maintaining Perl (Tony Cook) October 2022 Wed, 23-Nov-2022 by alh
    in: Grants

    Tony writes: 2022/10/01 Saturday 0.12 github notifications 0.22 #20355 comment 0.13 #20362 ask for more info 0.47 2022/10/03 Monday 1.05 #20207 LogFile::Read, Nagios::Cmd patches 0.23 #20207 Log::Procmail patch 0.05 #20346 Text::PerlPP look at test report and comment 1.33 2022/10/06 Thursday 0.07 github notifications 0.67 #20355 long comment 1.03 #20362 review new info, research and comment 0.80 #20026 research

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  • TPRF to support FOSDEM Participation Fri, 04-Nov-2022 by Amber Deuel

    One of the goals TPRF would like to achieve, now that conferences are becoming increasingly available in person, is to spread awareness of current Perl and Raku projects. In support of this goal, TPRF will be issuing a limited number of mini grants of up to $300 to participants interested in holding Perl/Raku based talks in FOSDEM 2023 dev rooms. To apply for a mini grant please send a completed

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  • Maintaining Perl (Tony Cook) September 2022 Tue, 01-Nov-2022 by alh

    Tony writes: 2022/09/01 Thursday 1.60 #20204 write up some tests, start on implementation 2.43 #20204 more work on implementation 4.03 2022/09/05 Monday 0.47 github notifications 0.55 #20143 research, comment 0.55 #17831 follow-up 0.50 #20207 review discussion, comment 1.72 #20204 more work on implementation 3.79 2022/09/06 Tuesday 0.15 review Coverity scan results and ask khw about it 0.40 github notifications

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  • November Announcements from the Board - UPDATED Wed, 26-Oct-2022 by Amber Deuel

    Yet Another Society operates as a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the advancement of the Perl and Raku programming languages. One way Yet Another Society supports Perl and Raku is through grants. Yet Another Society has had donations given specifically for both languages. As such, it is important to recognize the relationship the foundation has with not just Perl, but also Raku. This is why, following a vote from the board,

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  • Board Updates October 2022 Mon, 17-Oct-2022 by Amber Deuel

    Welcome Following nomination in July, 2022, The Perl Foundation is pleased to welcome Todd Rinaldo to the board. Todd has worked with the board for many years as a conference organizer, with the Grants Committee, and in other capacities. He is also a contributor to CPAN and Perl 5 Porters. During his board nomination interview, Todd expressed an interest in offering assistance in the Foundation's mission to help the community,

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  • Nominate heroes for the 2022 White Camel Awards Mon, 03-Oct-2022 by Makoto Nozaki
    in: Awards

    We're looking for nominations for the 2022 White Camel Awards that recognize significant non-technical achievement in the Perl community. Each year we recognize work in the broad categories of community, advocacy, and user groups. The Board will consider all nominations and will solicit feedback from the Advisory Board and the Perl Steering Council. To nominate someone, you can respond here with a name and your reasoning. As our community has

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  • Take part in Hacktoberfest - register between 26 September and 31 October Mon, 26-Sep-2022 by Nic Evans

    Support perl during October's Hacktoberfest. Running for the last nine years, this annual event is contributed to by thousands of coders and non coders world wide. However small or large, your input will make a difference. Take a look at the Hacktoberfest website and get involved. You can also read about it on the Perl Blogs site.

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  • Perl documentation audit project featured at conference Sat, 24-Sep-2022 by Nic Evans

    Khawar Latif presented the findings of his Google Season of Docs perl documentation audit at the IEEE ProComm 2022 and the conference paper, Documentation in Open-Source Organizations: Content Audit and Gap Analysis for Perl, is now published at IEEExplore. Khawar said: “Thanks to Jason McIntosh, Makoto Nozaki and Dan Book for their support, and everyone who helped with the project. I hope this helps Perl and Open Source organizations in

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  • TPF launches merch store Fri, 23-Sep-2022 by Nic Evans

    TPF has launched an online store with Perl merchandise celebrating the Perl 5.36 release. The marketing committee plan to do a custom celebratory collection for each release of Perl with revenue from each sale going to TPF's Perl fund. The store includes long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and stickers all featuring a new Raptor image for the 5.36 release. Please share the link via your socials! https://the-perl-store.creator-spring.com/

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  • Thank you Japan Perl Association Thu, 22-Sep-2022 by Nic Evans

    Japan Perl Association came up with an innovative idea to raise money for The Perl Foundation from their annual event, YAPC::Japan. To promote the online 2022 YAPC::Japan conference, the organizers chose to donate to TPF 5 yen per tweet that included #yapcjapan, and 300 yen per blog. Contributors raised 15,630 yen What a great way to raise money and also to raise awareness of their event. We understand JPA is

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  • Maintaining Perl (Tony Cook) August 2022 Wed, 21-Sep-2022 by alh

    Tony writes: 2022/08/01 Monday 0.17 #20005 review fixes 1.45 #19943 review, try to break and approve 0.72 #20008 review 1.17 #19964 work on ppport updates 3.51 2022/08/02 Tuesday 1.18 #19964 more ppport 1.33 #19964 more ppport 1.22 #19888 look at CI testing upstream blead modules on old perls 3.73 2022/08/03 Wednesday 2.52 #19888 more module CI testing 1.85

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  • Grant Proposals: September 2022 Wed, 14-Sep-2022 by Jason A. Crome
    in: Grants

    We received no grant proposals for Perl or Raku in time for the September voting round. The next round of voting will be held starting in early November. 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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  • Maintaining Perl (Tony Cook) July 2022 Wed, 07-Sep-2022 by alh
    in: Grants

    Tony writes: 2022/07/04 Monday 0.70 github notifications 0.55 #19901 research and comment 0.20 #19854 research and comment 0.40 #19832 re-check and apply to blead 0.17 rfc #20 briefly comment 2.03 #19851/#19874 work on fixes 4.05 2022/07/05 Tuesday 1.17 #19854 review, testing, apply to blead 0.42 perldelta 1.77 #19851/#19874 more work on fixes, testing 3.36 2022/07/06 Wednesday 0.12 review

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  • Call for Grant Proposals: September 2022 Round Mon, 05-Sep-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 September 12th, 2022, UTC. We will publish the received applications, get community feedback through September 19th, and we

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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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