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Note! This site is about Perl 6.
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Perl 6 is a specification and a set of tests. Any compiler that passes all the tests is considered to be a valid Perl 6 compiler. There are several compilers for Perl 6. As of today, they are all partial and implement only a subset of the language.

  • Rakudo can run on any one of the following back-ends: MoarVM, the Parrot Virtual Machine, JVM. It is currently the most promising implementation.
  • Niecza is a compiler targetting the Common Language Runtime (.NET and Mono).
  • Perlito can be tried online as it can compile some Perl 6 code to Javascript and run in a browser.
  • Pugs written in Haskell was the first usable implementation, but it is currently only minimally maintained.

We are going to use Rakudo with MoarVM.

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Written by Gabor Szabo

Published on 2012-01-01

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