Parrot 0.6.0 "P&P" Released

On 18 March 2008, Bernhard Schmalhofer released Parrot 0.6.0. Read on for the Parrot 0.6.0 release announcement or download Parrot 0.6.0 from CPAN.

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 0.6.0 "P&P". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 0.6.0 can be obtained via CPAN (soon), 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 0.6.0 News:

- Specification
  + launched pdd18_security.pod
  + updated pdd17_pmc.pod
  + launching draft of pdd28_character_sets.pod
- Documentation
  + cleanup of IMCC documentation
- Configuration
  + add step auto::gettext
  + add step auto::crypto
- Compilers
  + PCT:
    . Fix '-e' option
    . Phase out P6Regex in favor of Perl6Regex
  + IMCC:
    '.local Array my_arr' is illegal now 
- Languages
  + C99: reimplementation with PCT
  + lolcode:
    . various updates
    . add support for functions with params 
    . add math functions
  + Rakudo: 
    . support for 'say'
    . first cut at smart matching
    . indirect method calls
    . support for Pairs
    . added methods 'grep' and 'first'
    . implement auto{increment,decrement} 
    . initial implementation of 'perl6doc'
  + Lua:
    . various updates
    . add base64 library
  + Cardinal: basic support for functions with parameters
  + Pheme: various updates
  + Ecmascript: various updates
  + Tcl: now targeting tcl 8.5.1, no more expected failures in test suite.
    (No, this doesn't mean everything's implemented. =-)
  + Eclectus: various updates
  + WMLScript: various updates
- Implementation
  + PDD17 (PMCs)
  + Add library YAML::Dumper
  + Add the MD2, MD4, MD5, RIPEMD160, SHA & SHA1 PMC, as a wrapper
     around libcrypto
- Miscellaneous
  + various bugfixes, code cleanups and coding standard fixes
  + consting
  + remove external Perl 5 modules from the Parrot distribution

The next scheduled Parrot release will be on April 15th 2008.

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