Perl implemented in Perl for Perl 6
stas at stason.org
Thu Jul 10 22:09:31 CDT 2003
Scott Penrose wrote:
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>> I believe that the plan is to make perl5 the second non-trivial language
>> ported to parrot, (there is a working BASIC implementation already in
>> I'll see what more I can find out about it....
> Stas pointed out it is called ponie.
> What ponie is doing is to take the Perl 5 Core and make it generate Parrot.
> It also has some extra compatibility layers for shared objects in C to
> be linked in in the current XS style.
AFAIK, it's the other way around. Use parrot to write perl-5.10.
> What I was more thinking about is Perl 6. Which is a new language.
> However most of Perl 6 is still Perl 5 - but the plan is to write as
> much of it as possible in Perl 6. Thus you may need to write 'eval' but
> you then do not need to write 'do' or 'require' as they can be written
> with a file read and an eval.
> What I was wondering, is there anyone trying to write perl in primitives
> - so that there is less actual work to do to write perl 6.
> The problem is bootstrapping - as you must have perl 6 to do this.
> However I though, since perl 6 will be similar to perl 5, maybe many of
> these language extensions (well, core in perl 5, but maybe they will be
> called extensions in 6) can be written now in perl 5 - tested, and then
> ported to perl 6 over time.
> What it would also indicate is what primitives MUST exist in perl 6.
> Thus the minimum set will then be defined. And then only that minimum
> set need be converted into Parrot.
> None of this actually effects the real hard work - which is of course
> the parser of the new language itself.
> What I am wondering is - where would this fit in - it at all in Perl 6
> - -- Scott Penrose
> Anthropomorphic Personification Expert
> scott at cpan.org
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