Richard Dice has announced that the Perl Foundation and Mozilla Foundation have joined to give Patrick Michaud a development grant to work on Perl 6 for four months. Patrick is already the Perl 6 compiler pumpking.
The goals are impressive:
- Have a Perl 6 on Parrot implementation that supports commonly-used Perl 6 constructs;
- Improvements to the Perl 6 test suite;
- Substantially complete the Parrot Compiler Toolkit, including documentation;
- Increased community participation in Perl 6 and Parrot development, including development efforts on other languages using Parrot and the Parrot Compiler Toolkit.
I'd like to thank TPF and Mozilla Foundation for doing this. I think this will be quite a boost in Perl 6 development, and it will be visible to everyone. When much of the Perl community, including Yours Truly, has doubts about Perl 6 ever seeing the light of day, this is exactly what is needed.