March 17th, 2009 -- The Parrot Foundation announced today the release of Parrot 1.0, the first in a series of "Supported" releases, intended for end users, production environments, and distribution packaging.
The Parrot virtual machine hosts dynamic languages such as Ruby, Python, PHP, and Perl. In addition to standard features expected of any modern virtual machine -- including concurrency, garbage collection, bytecode and JIT compilation, event and exception handling, Unicode, dynamic dispatch, and support for procedural, object-oriented, and functional paradigms -- Parrot provides a powerful suite of compiler tools tailored to dynamic languages and a next generation regular expression engine.
"Dynamic languages have become a hot topic for commercial and academic R&D," said Allison Randal, Architect of Parrot and Chairman of the Parrot Foundation, "and Parrot has been right at the heart of it from the beginning. 1.0 marks an important milestone for the project, where we can invite a broad community of developers to explore the cutting-edge features we've enjoyed for years."
About Parrot Foundation
The Parrot Foundation is a membership-based non-profit organization, providing technical, legal, and organizational infrastructure for the Parrot open source software project. It supports the open source community for the Parrot virtual machine, tools, libraries, and computer language implementations, and promotes innovation in virtual machine technology and dynamic languages. For more information on the Parrot Foundation, see http://www.parrot.org