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Leaping Kakapo

by liz (Monsignor)
on Feb 29, 2004 at 15:17 UTC ( #332641=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

This just in from Leopold Toetsch:

Parrot 0.1.0 "Leaping Kakapo" Released!

The Parrot team proudly presents the Parrot 0.1.0 leap release. It provides some milestones like objects and multi-threading(*) and supports many more platforms.

After some pause you can grab it from or just get the latest and best from CVS by following the directions at

Turn your web browser towards for more information about Parrot, get involved, and:

Have fun!

(*)The list of changes includes:

  • "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... objects!"
  • Huge documentation overhaul
  • More supported platforms, s. PLATFORMS
  • Basic thread support for pthread based architectures
  • Basic event handling for timers and signals including:
  • PASM callbacks for NCI (native C) functions.
  • Improved platform configuration
  • COW stacks now working, stacks code redone
  • Structure handling vastly improved
  • Random PMC and rand primitives
  • Better subroutine call syntax in PIR
  • Make PIR subroutines compliant with pdd03
  • Improved profiling (DOD, GC timings)
  • Hash code improvements, incl. random key order support
  • Experimental freeze/thaw code for some PMC types
  • IO improvements for buffered layer and Win32
  • String iterators
  • String bitwise vtables
  • Many new opcodes
  • Suppport for JIT, where malloced memory isn't executable
  • Priority DOD scheme for objects that need timely destruction
  • Improved byte code loading (e.g. onLoad functions)
  • Language updates: forth, Perl6/P6C, m4
  • Libraries: Getopt_Long, SDL, Dumper, Sort
  • new JAPH examples
  • Unified imcc and parrot test handling
  • Many new tests (make test reports 1386 tests)
  • Numerous bug fixes


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Re: Leaping Kakapo
by flyingmoose (Priest) on Feb 29, 2004 at 17:37 UTC
    Know your parrots and why they leap: Kakapo

    The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world's rarest and strangest parrot. It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs).

    I don't know about you, but I think it's going to be hard to find cooler parrot species for future releases!

the price of progress
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Mar 01, 2004 at 04:50 UTC
    So I build and I test, trying to try out an sdl example and poop, can't load libsdl yada yada.

    So I run with the --ask option (making sure all my libs are in a row), and I figure what the hey, I might as well install this time (nmake install), and what do I see? I see perl.exe yada yada yada  | sh error error.

    Confused? Me too. You need perl to configure, a make program to make, but what do you need sh for?

    I guess that's the price of progress, someone on the development team don't know much about perl (or don't got time to reinvent or whatever) and that's what you end up with.

    I wonder when that happened :(

    Hmm, install (looks like the right one) is nicely spaced plenty of comments, and still only 250 lines. Opportunity? I think so. Who knows sed/awk? :)

    MJD says "you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!"
    I run a Win32 PPM repository for perl 5.6.x and 5.8.x -- I take requests (README).
    ** The third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

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