Rakudo compiler, Release #154 (2022.03)

2022-03-20

Announce: Rakudo compiler, Release #154 (2022.03)

On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I’m very happy to announce the March 2022 release of Rakudo #154. Rakudo is an implementation of the Raku1 language.

The source tarball for this release is available from https://rakudo.org/files/rakudo. Pre-compiled archives will be available shortly.

New in 2022.03:

  • Deprecations:

  • Additions:

    • Expose the .file and .line methods on Label objects [028828ac]
    • Allow Date / DateTime day parameter to be a Callable / Whatever allowing e.g. Date.new(2022,3,*) for the last date in March 2022. (#4808) [37756433]
    • Make sure tools/install-dist.p6 is also available as .raku [6ddf7529]
  • Removals:

  • Changes:

    • Make error on Date.later(:hour|minute|second) more awesome [7f00f798]
    • Give .chomp the possibility to specify a needle (#4739) [cccc3e8c]
    • Improve error message for invalid arguments passed to traits [eb151d53]
    • Test should work with any default version of the language [9425d0fa]
  • Fixes:

    • Un =my= X::Comp::Group [74cca333]
    • Turn junctions into value objects [cc3ed94b]
    • Fix a bug with gist over Junction keys [df09bef0]
    • Fix classification and categorization over junctions [c50f51f9]
    • Fix typo'd missing : in .nominal_type signature (#4788) [59dcca66]
    • Decrement # of calls in a block if any are optimized away [4d19c236]
    • Fix [native array .repeated / .unique] issues on JVM backend [b46fed9c]
    • Fix IO::Path.parent [4ef9426f][e53716aa]
    • Fix multi-method candidates lost when 6.e role is applied [6b58cc03]
    • Workaround for cases where .ACCEPTS may return non-Raku object [f1f5d5cd]
    • Fix issue with native array.splice [blin] [63830142]
    • Fix issue with Net::Curl [blin] [6d04cc39]
    • Make DateTime.new(Allomorph:D) work [60603bac]
    • Restore given / when optimization for Numeric cases [986b1df4]
    • Fix/test Pod::To::Text rendering of =defn elements (#4803) [ca2d1d6c]
    • Remove erroneous early exit from install-dist.raku [edb8a200]
    • Fix resources of the parent repo not found when using Staging [07d580bc]
  • Internal:

    • Optimize more cases of p6decontrv ops (#4793) [2ed88523]
    • Use new native unsigned integer NQP ops where applicable [ceaa38fc] [4d61a582][28a734d1][548c2550][167c2394][72b9e1c2][e000840d][88386a09] [3e89b30a][96cbc2be][f807186e][de9eeeb2][a71ec345][7c5595e2][a965cdcb] [771655b0][5c8a2cf7]
    • Generate the SignedBlob/UnsignedBlob roles [65507b89][7870b446][4677dcb7] [fb25bd4e]
    • Use --/++$i instead of $i = nqp::add/sub_i($i,1) for readability, as this is no longer needed for performance [5caf7aaf][648d02a1][0fac2da8] [db277ae2][11494f98][e06e32ef][2dfc69e2][3b64a627][81099326][a6019d51] [2bf84660][c92b44ec][af7c1c32][8077ebd3][6513988b][b79e9ba5][802a4737] [8529cc97][a236d438][08dcab8d][c1345c57][c7231cd7][bd722aba][473e903a] [f8e69321]
    • Streamline the Blob/Buf generated code a bit [6a21196c][6230645a]
    • Generate the sorting logic for native arrays [64c7dfa1]
    • Make Complex multiplication factor constant [7bc572e7]
    • Streamline Complex -> Real coercion [e3b836a5]
    • Simplify creating a Complex object [967a130f]
    • Enable num->str coercion in native.repeated/unique [979cc607]
    • Remove unneeded/confusing can('prec') checks [232a55b9]
    • Remove some unnecessary trys (#4773) [0949d67c]
    • Stop telling users to avoid mimalloc [200579f7]
    • CURS simplifications (use TWEAK over BUILD, remove .name) [3f10f7da]

The following people contributed to this release:

Elizabeth Mattijsen, Daniel Green, Stefan Seifert, Daniel Sockwell, Patrick Böker, Vadim Belman, Will "Coke" Coleda, Justin DeVuyst, Christian Bartolomäus, David Warring, Mathias Reitinger, Steve Dondley

This release implements 6.c and 6.d versions of the Raku specification. 6.c version of the language is available if you use the use v6.c version pragma, otherwise 6.d is the default.

Upcoming releases in 2022 will include new functionality that is not part of 6.c or 6.d specifications, available with a lexically scoped pragma. Our goal is to ensure that anything that is tested as part of 6.c and 6.d specifications will continue to work unchanged. There may be incremental spec releases this year as well.

If you would like to contribute or get more information, visit https://raku.org, https://rakudo.org/community, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or ask on IRC #raku on Libera.

Additionally, we invite you to make a donation to The Perl Foundation to sponsor Raku development: https://donate.perlfoundation.org/ (put “Raku Core Development Fund” in the ‘Purpose’ text field)

The next release of Rakudo (#155), is tentatively scheduled for 2022-04-22.

A list of the other planned release dates is available in the “docs/release_guide.pod” file.

The development team appreciates feedback! If you’re using Rakudo, do get back to us. Questions, comments, suggestions for improvements, cool discoveries, incredible hacks, or any other feedback – get in touch with us through (the above-mentioned) mailing list or IRC channel. Enjoy!

Please note that recent releases have known issues running on the JVM. We are working to get the JVM backend working again but do not yet have an estimated delivery date.