thanks for the replies!
I have a better understanding of these performance issues now.
(sidenote: replacing $i++ with $i = $i + 1 in my original example
gives a 4 times speed up).
In addition to Patrick's excellent reply, I'd like to mention that
one way to help the project is to just write code in Perl 6. This is
a good way to find bugs, including performance bugs.
One little project I'm doing is I'm porting the benchmarks from the
Debian language shootout to Perl 6. I figure this is a good place to
start because each benchmark is designed to test one specific aspect
of the language. I've only done a couple of benchmarks. If you are
interested, why don't you help me? Porting benchmarks is a good way
to learn Perl 6.
Yes, why not?
I was planning to exercise a little bit, anyhow.
google gave me this:
Do you keep an overview somewhere on what you've done so far?