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authorpmichaud <pmichaud@pobox.com>2013-05-01 01:10:10 -0500
committerpmichaud <pmichaud@pobox.com>2013-05-01 01:10:10 -0500
commite050eea08fe9a1afcf49b74b6d49ae9daac0b918 (patch)
parentefbe3adedf6f89b6c7fbc77b6c5aba57746fa22d (diff)
Add draft 2013.04 announcement.
3 files changed, 110 insertions, 7 deletions
diff --git a/docs/announce/2013.04.md b/docs/announce/2013.04.md
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..e5ba1bf
--- /dev/null
+++ b/docs/announce/2013.04.md
@@ -0,0 +1,105 @@
+# Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2013.04
+## A useful, usable, "early adopter" distribution of Perl 6
+On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm happy to
+announce the April 2013 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
+distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the April 2013 release is
+available from <http://rakudo.org/downloads/star/>. A Windows .MSI
+version of Rakudo star will usually appear in the downloads area
+shortly after the tarball release.
+In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language
+("Perl 6") and specific implementations of the language such as
+"Rakudo Perl". This Star release includes [release 2013.04] of the
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler], version 5.3.0 of the [Parrot Virtual
+Machine], plus various modules, documentation, and other resources
+collected from the Perl 6 community.
+[release 2013.04]:
+ https://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/blob/nom/docs/announce/2013.04.md
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler]: http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
+[Parrot Virtual Machine]: http://parrot.org
+Some of the new features added to this release include:
+* Rakudo warns when pure expressions are used in sink context
+* .substr(...) now correctly accepts whatever-star closures
+* Implemented shellwords postcircumfix (%h<< $x 'foo bar' >>)
+* Defining operators spelled like the empty string is now illegal
+* Array interpolations now properly do LTM
+* Autothread "none" and "all" junctions before "any" and "one"
+* Helpful error if you write "else if"/"elif" instead of "elsif"
+* Throw exception if a Range is used as a Range endpoint
+* Corrected argument order in IO.seek
+* wrap low level VM objects in ForeignCode, allowing perl6 OO calls on them
+* for loops are eager again
+* add link and symlink to IO
+* add Capture.Bool()
+* improvements to DUMP()
+* various optimizations in the optimizer and the runtime
+* smartmatch against list now supports Whatever wildcards
+This release also contains a range of bug fixes, improvements to error
+reporting and better failure modes.
+The following features have been deprecated or modified from previous
+releases due to changes in the Perl 6 specification, and are planned
+to be removed or changed as follows:
+ * postcircumfix:`<[ ]>` and postcircumfix:`<{ }>` will become
+ multi-subs rather than multi-methods. Both at_pos and at_key will
+ remain methods.
+ * Unary hyper ops currently descend into nested arrays and hashes.
+ This will change to make them equivalent to a one-level map.
+ * The Str.ucfirst builtin is deprecated; it will be replaced by
+ Str.tc.
+ * Leading whitespace in rules and under :sigspace will no longer be
+ converted to `<.ws>`. For existing regexes that expect this
+ conversion, add a `<?>` in front of leading whitespace to make it
+ meta again.
+ * The ?-quantifier on captures in regexes currently binds the
+ capture slot to a List containing either zero or one Match
+ objects; i.e., it is equivalent to "`** 0..1`". In the future,
+ the ?-quantifier will bind the slot directly to a captured Match
+ or to Nil. Existing code can manage the transition by changing
+ existing ?-quantifiers to use "`** 0..1`", which will continue to
+ return a List of matches.
+ * The result of failed matches will be Nil instead of a Match
+ object returning boolean False.
+There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet
+handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases.
+Some of the not-quite-there features include:
+ * advanced macros
+ * threads and concurrency
+ * Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
+ * interactive readline that understands Unicode
+ * non-blocking I/O
+ * much of Synopsis 9
+There is an online resource at <http://perl6.org/compilers/features>
+that lists the known implemented and missing features of Rakudo and
+other Perl 6 implementations.
+In many places we've tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the
+programmer that a given feature isn't implemented, but there are many
+that we've missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are
+welcomed at <rakudobug@perl.org>.
+See <http://perl6.org/> for links to much more information about
+Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference
+materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. A
+draft of a Perl 6 book is available as docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf in
+the release tarball.
+The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for
+making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see
+<http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>, ask on the <perl6-compiler@perl.org>
+mailing list, or join us on IRC \#perl6 on freenode.
diff --git a/tools/star/Makefile b/tools/star/Makefile
index 6dd6487..1db34b9 100644
--- a/tools/star/Makefile
+++ b/tools/star/Makefile
@@ -1,7 +1,6 @@
-RAKUDO_VER = 2013.02.1
-NQP_VER = 2013.02.1
-PARROT_VER = 4.10.0
+RAKUDO_VER = 2013.04
+NQP_VER = 2013.04
+PARROT_VER = 5.2.0
STAR_REL = rakudo-star-$(VERSION)
STAR_TGZ = $(STAR_REL).tar.gz
@@ -15,7 +14,7 @@ NQP_TGZ = nqp-$(NQP_VER).tar.gz
NQP_URL = http://rakudo.org/downloads/nqp/$(NQP_TGZ)
PARROT_TGZ = parrot-$(PARROT_VER).tar.gz
-PARROT_URL = http://ftp.parrot.org/releases/$(PARROT_REL)/$(PARROT_TGZ)
+PARROT_URL = http://ftp.parrot.org/releases/all/$(PARROT_VER)/$(PARROT_TGZ)
PERL = perl
diff --git a/tools/star/release-guide.pod b/tools/star/release-guide.pod
index eca77d6..a109e02 100644
--- a/tools/star/release-guide.pod
+++ b/tools/star/release-guide.pod
@@ -27,8 +27,7 @@ Clone the git@github.com:rakudo/star repository.
Change to the star repository directory, and edit the first three
lines of tools/star/Makefile to indicate the desired releases of
-Rakudo, NQP, and Parrot to use. Also change PARROT_REL to be
-"supported" or "devel" depending on the type of Parrot release.
+Rakudo, NQP, and Parrot to use.
$ cd star
$ vi tools/star/Makefile