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Session

Perl 6 on Parrot

Patrick Michaud, Consultant, pmichaud.com

Track: Perl
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Portland 256

At long last we have a working Perl 6 compiler on the Parrot virtual machine! The building of the Perl 6 compiler for Parrot has required development of a number of tools and methodologies (as well as revisions to the Perl 6 language specification itself), and things are progressing nicely.

This talk will report on the overall status and implementation of the Perl 6 compiler, outline what is working (and what is not working) in Perl 6 on Parrot, and demonstrate how to get started writing Perl 6 programs. The talk will also cover the design of the compiler itself, focusing on the overall architecture, the structure of the Perl 6 test suite, and provide specific details that will enable others to become involved and to directly contribute to the remaining work of building the Perl 6 compiler on Parrot. The talk will end with a "road map" to completion of a production Perl 6 compiler on Parrot.