Parrot 0.4.12 "Of the Caribbean" Released!

On 19 May 2007, chromatic released Parrot 0.4.12. Read on for the Parrot 0.4.12 release announcement.

As I sailed into Shadow, a white bird of my desire came and sat upon my right shoulder, and I wrote a note and tied it to its leg and sent it on its way. The note said, "I am coming," and it was signed by me.


The sun hung low on my left and the winds bellied the sails and propelled me onward. I cursed once and then laughed.

I was free and I was running, but I had made it this far. I now had the chance I'd wanted all along.

A black bird of my desire came and sat on my left shoulder, and I wrote a note and tied it to its leg and sent it off into the west.

It said, "Eric--I'll be back," and it was signed: "Corwin, Lord of Amber."

A demon wind propelled me east of the sun.

-- Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 0.4.12 "Of the Caribbean." Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 0.4.12 can be obtained via CPAN or follow the download instructions. For those who would like to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion or SVK on our source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code.

Parrot 0.4.12 News:

- Build:
 + even more refactorings and improvements in configuration system
 + improved tests and documentation for configuration system
- Languages:
 + Updated abc, PHP ("Plumhead"), Lua, Tcl
 + Reclaimed Lisp
- Design:
 + new PMC PDD draft partially completed
- Implementation:
 + continued implementation of PDD 15 (Objects)
 + minor garbage collector and memory management improvements
 + several memory leaks resolved
 + extended support for compilers other than GCC
 + improved C++ compiler compatibility
 + enhanced support for Solaris, non-MSVC Win32, and other platforms

Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors for supporting this project.