Parrot 6.8.0 "Little Lorikeet" released!

Lories and lorikeets (tribe Lorini) are small to medium-sized arboreal parrots characterized by their specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries. --
(Parrots that eat like hummingbirds!)

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.8.0, also known as "Little Lorikeet". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.8.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot, we recommend our organization page on GitHub, or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github

Parrot 6.8.0 News:

    - Build
        + pbc_to_exe created executables use now the absolute execname on most platforms
          and not only argv[0] which needs to be looked up in the path. [GH #1088]
    - Documentation
        + Fix various new podchecker syntax errors with the new Pod::Simple 3.28
    - Tests
        + Update embedded Pod::Simple to 3.28 to fix the missing whiteline_handler method
          from non-embedded podchecker [GH #1089]
        + Skip 3 crashing codingstd tests with 5.8 DEBUGGING [GH #1090]

To clone the Parrot Git repo into a directory called 'parrot', use the following:
    git clone git://
If you want it to be in a directory other than 'parrot', then just give that as a second argument to clone:
    git clone git:// parrot_foo

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:

986a0e543e660e83595a3c477b7b7f065099edb559d74c56f61d88e216042f4e parrot-6.8.0.tar.gz
d8db85a305e61babf9f3c23ddd31dffebb8cc7ccd730abcd618eb0fbbad64b6a parrot-6.8.0.tar.bz2

Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors for supporting this project. Our next scheduled release is at 21 Oct 2014.


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ALPHA Script - Abstract & Unified Programming Meta-Language

Dear Parrot engineers. I love your work so far.

I am also putting this comment as an open call for discussion with the prospect to join forces for something bigger...

I work on this project. ALPHA Script.
ALPHA Script is an Abstract & Unified Programming Meta-Language that interconnects diverse infrastructures under one model. The specifications are Free and Open Source for everyone to contribute.

Practically, ALPHA Script interconnects any Cloud, O/S and programming language by providing an interface in the form of a language agnostic code. This code is not compiled or run on any system. Instead it is used as an intermediate language and enables code parsers on any system to read it and convert it to a native code or to another script. As an example we can have ALPHA Script to C/C++, JAVA, PHP, JS, Python, etc.

ALPHA Script is all about being fast and reliable. So, the programs of ALPHA Script are converted into JSON models that can be easily compressed, sent, decompressed very quickly and then parsed by any JSON parser.

ALPHA Script is a strong tool for developers. It offers a formalized and easy way to harness the dynamics of the Cloud and the Web but it is also useful for older systems. Due to its nature, ALPHA Script prolongs the life of old or deprecated software. It does that by enabling developers to transparently convert an old application and deploy it on new, otherwise unsupported, systems without actually changing any line of code.

So, ALPHA Script provides a full duplex conversion that helps new and old software to converge and work side by side.

A bit more on the project:

Kind regards,
George Delaportas
Enterprise Architect