Out of curiosity, is it possible to get Rakukdo to talk to C, C++ or Fortran?

On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM, Patrick R. Michaud <pmich...@pobox.com> wrote:
> On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm happy to
> announce the December 2010 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
> distribution of Perl 6.  The tarball for the December 2010 release is
> available from <http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads>.
> Rakudo Star is aimed at "early adopters" of Perl 6.  We know that
> it still has some bugs, it is far slower than it ought to be, and
> there are some advanced pieces of the Perl 6 language specification
> that aren't implemented yet.  But Rakudo Perl 6 in its current form
> is also proving to be viable (and fun) for developing applications
> and exploring a great new language.  These "Star" releases are
> intended to make Perl 6 more widely available to programmers, grow
> the Perl 6 codebase, and gain additional end-user feedback about the
> Perl 6 language and Rakudo's implementation of it.
> In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language
> ("Perl 6") and specific implementations of the language such as
> "Rakudo Perl".  The December 2010 Star release includes release #36
> of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler [1], version 2.11.0 of the Parrot
> Virtual Machine [2], and various modules, documentation,
> and other resources collected from the Perl 6 community.
> This release of Rakudo Star adds the following features over the
> previous Star release:
>  * New .trans algorithm
>  * Configuration improvements
>  * More bug fixes
> There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not
> yet handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming
> releases.  Thus, we do not consider Rakudo Star to be a
> "Perl 6.0.0" or "1.0" release.  Some of the not-quite-there
> features include:
>  * nested package definitions
>  * binary objects, native types, pack and unpack
>  * typed arrays
>  * macros
>  * state variables
>  * threads and concurrency
>  * Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
>  * pre and post constraints, and some other phasers
>  * interactive readline that understands Unicode
>  * backslash escapes in regex <[...]> character classes
>  * non-blocking I/O
>  * most of Synopsis 9
>  * perl6doc or pod manipulation tools
> In many places we've tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the
> programmer that a given feature isn't implemented, but there are
> many that we've missed.  Bug reports about missing and broken
> features are welcomed at <rakudo...@perl.org>.
> See http://perl6.org/ for links to much more information about
> Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference
> materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources.
> An updated draft of a Perl 6 book is available as
> <docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf> in the release tarball.
> The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors
> for making Rakudo Star possible.  If you would like to contribute,
> see <http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>, ask on the perl6-compi...@perl.org
> mailing list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.
> Starting with the January 2011 release, Rakudo Star releases will be
> created on a three-month cycle, or as needed in response to important
> bug fixes or improvements.  The next planned release of Rakudo Star
> will be on January 25, 2011.
> [1] http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
> [2] http://parrot.org/

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