TWIP - This week in parrot, ending February 21st, 2009

These articles aren't meant to cover every change that's occurred in parrot in the last week, but to show some highlights for both developers and users, and provide a gateway to more information.

Release Milestones

parrot 0.9.1 was released on February 17th, 2009. See the Release announcement.

The following release, expected to be 1.0, is due on March 17th, 2009. See the vision document.


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Your author started a discussion trying to clarify the post-1.0 release plan. After some discussion, allison and chromatic went off into a corner and came up with this proposal, which seemed to build concensus. It's worth noting that the 0.9.1 release was our 26th consecutive monthly release.


As usual, a lot of bug fixes, and some new development.

Issue from the Vault

The issue from last week is still open: RT #36086 - FreeBSD t/op/trans.t failure when running with jit. But we did get someone with a BSD install who can duplicate the problem with a recent parrot. Now we need someone with some JIT-shaped tuits to take a closer look.


  • Active issues in trac: 175 (up from 168).
  • Active issues in RT: 456 (down from 501).
  • Commits to parrot in the last week: 225.



If you have tuits to spare to help out parrot, here are some simple points of entry:

  • Setup a scheduled task to build parrot and report back via smolder.
  • Read through the documentation and make sure it makes sense and that the examples work. The documentation exists in several places: primarily in the repository and the trac wiki.
  • Help us close out the old wiki and complete the migration to the wiki in trac.
  • Go through old tickets in RT and verify that the reports still make sense. Can you run the code in question? Does the patch still apply? Is the report against an old copy of parrot that we have a recent smolder report for?

If you can't donate time, but are still interested in the success of the project, you can also consider donating through the parrot foundation. Donations are not tax deductible. (FYI, I'm on the board.)


To find out more about parrot, you can follow the same resources I used:

This summary written by Will "Coke" Coleda.