Releases

New faster release Parrot 6.11.0 "Fischer's Lovebird"

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.11.0, also known as "Fischer's Lovebird". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.11.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github

Highlights: Performance: 15-25% faster, fixed GC, experimental VMS port.

Parrot 6.11.0 News:

    - Core
        + Rewrote ResizablePMCArray with moving offset, esp on shift.
          Even better than nqp/qrpa. 20% faster overall. #1152
        + Fixed wrong maybe_mark_and_sweep call in --gc ms #1142
        + Added GC maybe_gc_mark vtable function #1142
        + Fixed Memory_Block prolog access in --gc inf #1136
        + Added MEMORY_DEBUG tracing to --gc inf and ms2, added
          GC validation to ms2.
        + Fix bignum.i_substract and i_multiply #1144
        + Fix cmod_p_p_n* math dynops for NaN and Inf #1147
        + Fix floor, ceil and complex, integer math ops for NaN and Inf #422
        + Optimize printing of single numbers #828
        + More --debugging protections when accessing empty registers
          from :immediate #1024
        + Change ResizablePMCArray.delete to throw out of bounds errors,
          but just warn on deprecated delete[0] with size 0 for backcompat. #1153
        + Add check for illegal delete of capture blocks in PGE.match #1154
        + Add new traceflag -t20 for ResizablePMCArray states.
        + Add experimental vms support by mvorl. Untested. GH #866
        + Provide Parrot_new_string and Parrot_compile_string in the extend api
    - Build
        + Extend auto::infnan probe to other --floatval #1146
        + Warn in Configure on experimental flags intval, floatval and gc #1148
        + Die in Configure on unsupported intval sizes #1148, #642, ...
        + Renamed auto::labs to auto::mathl, probe and use more long math
          functions: fabsl powl ceill floorl fmodl expl logl #1111
        + Fixed pbc_to_exe and wrong Parrot_{g,s,uns}etenv declarations on windows #1156
    - Documentation
        + Rewrote docs/pmc/array.pod
    - Tests
        + Fix t/steps/auto/arch-01.t darwin regression #1142
        + Added bigger t/stress/gc.t test to catch most GC issues.
        + Add optional copyright year test on TEST_SLOW #719
        + Fix most --floatval='long double' tests, just embed API broken #1111
        + Adjust tests for VALGRIND=valgrind #1150
        + Added tests to t/pmc/resizablepmcarray.t to cover all offset cases. #1152
        + Replace included IO::CaptureOutput with our own capture function. #892
        + Fixed most embed and extend tests. #41511 #829
    - Community

Parrot 6.10.0 "New Caledonian lorikeet" released

    Now instead of four in the eights place
    You've got three,
    'Cause you added one,
    That is to say, eight, to the two,
    But you can't take seven from three,
    So you look at the sixty-fours...

    Sixty-four?  "How did sixty-four get into it?"  I hear you cry!
    Well, sixty-four is eight squared, don't you see?
        -- Tom Lehrer, "New Math"
            (Which starts in decimal, but ends in octal)

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.10.0, also known as "New Caledonian lorikeet".

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New supported release Parrot 6.9.0 "Rosy-faced Lovebird"

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce the new supported release Parrot 6.9.0, also known as "Rosy-faced Lovebird". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.
The name Lovebird stems from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which paired birds spend sitting together. Lovebirds live in small flocks and eat fruit, vegetables, grasses and seed.

Parrot 6.9.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github.

Parrot 6.9.0 News:

    - Core
        + Changed behavior with illegal escape sequences, GH #1103. Do not silently
          skip the \ anymore, throw an EXCEPTION_INVALID_CHARACTER error with
          "Illegal escape sequence \o in 'string\o'".
        + Add platform encoding functions for darwin, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD,
          fixing rakudo problems with UTF-8 locales. #1092
        + Enable trap op (int3) on x86_64 also
        + Add const to env api STRING args
        + Do no pre-allocate 256 IO tables for the standard handles, only 3. #1093
        + Renamed ops2c to parrot-ops2c. Get the new name if exists in config
          key ops2c. #900
        + Reenable parrot -t [flags] traceflags to enable the flags 2 find_method and
          4 invoke/retcc/yield again.
        + Enable >2GB RAM on darwin also. #268
        + Fix crash with parrot -d8 DEBUG_IMC dump_instructions
        + Fix sprintf width count for unicode strings. #956
        + Fix sprintf width for NaN/Inf/-Inf [GH #1099/perl6 RT#116280]
        + Optimize utf8_substr. Do not use the slow utf8 iterator.
        + Regenerated and fixed the iso_8859_1_typetable. Add \x2028, \x2029
          and \v to be of cclass newline. [GH #1086, perl6 RT #122341].
          Several chars 160..191 are not in the [[:punct:]] class anymore.
          Removed defunct Parrot_ascii_typetable, unused since 2010.
        + Protect callmethod from an empty object, missed by fixup_subs
          immediate. #1024
        + Add Couroutine reset and autoreset methods. #564
        + Add -t8 trace flag for Coroutine states
        + Disabled trace flags -t4 and -t8 with --optimize. #1105
        + Harmonize parrot usage messages
    - Build
        + Fix all -Wshadow instances
        + Added bootstrap-tables make target
        + Configure options consistency: --{en,dis}able- for shared, rpath,
          threads, --with{,out}- for: llvm pcre ... + threads. [GH #1101]
        + Deprecated --parrot_is_shared in favor of --enable-shared. [GH #1101]
        + Change default of the config key debugging from 1 to 0, i.e. you need to
          provide now --debugging[=flags] for debugging. [GH #1099]
        + Enable --disable-shared (or --parrot_is_shared=0) to link against static
          libparrot [GH #1101]
    - Documentation
        + Add missing manpages for pbc_disassemble, pbc_dump, pbc_merge
        + Improved src/string/encoding/tables.c pod.
    - Tests
        + Run fulltests with the runcore=fast,-O1,-O2 fast, without -D040, --gc-debug
          [GH #1086]
        + Added tests for LexInfo.declare_lex_preg and .lex quoting roundtrips
          [GH #1095]
        + Simplify smolder resend usage
        + Fix mingw issues with \r\n
        + Updated the missing native_pbc 64-bit big-endian files on mips64 qemu.

Parrot 6.8.0 "Little Lorikeet" released!

Lories and lorikeets (tribe Lorini) are small to medium-sized arboreal parrots characterized by their specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries. -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lories_and_lorikeets
(Parrots that eat like hummingbirds!)

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.8.0, also known as "Little Lorikeet". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.8.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github

Parrot 6.8.0 News:

    - Build
        + pbc_to_exe created executables use now the absolute execname on most platforms
          and not only argv[0] which needs to be looked up in the path. [GH #1088]
    - Documentation
        + Fix various new podchecker syntax errors with the new Pod::Simple 3.28
    - Tests
        + Update embedded Pod::Simple to 3.28 to fix the missing whiteline_handler method
          from non-embedded podchecker [GH #1089]
        + Skip 3 crashing codingstd tests with 5.8 DEBUGGING [GH #1090]

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Parrot 6.7.0 "Grey-headed Lovebird" Released

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.7.0, also known as "Grey-headed Lovebird". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.7.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github


Parrot 6.7.0 News:

- Core
+ find_codepoint: added more name aliases for perl6 (LF,FF,CR and NEL)
+ Optimize internal pcc CallContext calls from VTABLE to direct calls
and inline CallContext ATTR accessors to omit the obj check. [GH #1083]
- Documentation
+ Updated documentation for StringHandle.readall and FileHandle.readall, which
reads just the rest of the buffer if tell > 0. [GH #1084]
- Tests
+ Improve test plan for t/library/pg.t
- Community
+ Our GSoC student Chirag Agrawal successfully passed the final evaluation.
All three project parts have been merged already.

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Parrot 6.6.0 "Parrothead" released!

As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin' man,
I have chalked up many a mile.
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks,
And I've learned much from both of their styles.
    -- Heard playing in Margaritaville bar,
       in Orlando after YAPC::NA::2014.

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.6.0, also known as "Parrothead". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.5.0 "Black-winged Lovebird" Released

Parrot 6.5.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions.
For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github

Parrot 6.4.0 "Double-eyed Fig Parrot" released!

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.4.0, also known as "Double-eyed Fig Parrot". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.3.0 "Black-cheeked Lovebird" Released


Parrot 6.3.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github

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Parrot 6.2.0 "Imperial Amazon" Released!

Beside him, Melvin and Lavender and Allen all seemed to feel like marching too.
And Neville softly began to sing the Song of Chaos.

The tune was what a Muggle would have identified as John Williams's Imperial
March, also known as "Darth Vader's Theme"; and the words Harry had added were
easy to remember.

Doom doom doom
Doom doom doom doom doom doom
Doom doom doom
Doom doom doom doom doom doom
DOOM doom _DOOM_
Doom doom doom-doom-doom doom doom
Doom doom-doom-doom doom doom
Doom doom doom, doom doom doom.

By the second line the others had joined in, and soon you could hear
the same soft chant coming from nearby parts of the forest.

And Neville marched alongside his fellow Chaos Legionnaires,
strange feelings stirring in his heart,
imagination becoming reality,
as from his lips poured a fearful song of doom.

     -- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
        http://hpmor.com/                chapter/30

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.2.0, also known as "Imperial Amazon". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

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