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This just in from Leopold Toetsch:

Parrot 0.1.0 "Leaping Kakapo" Released!

The Parrot team proudly presents the Parrot 0.1.0 leap release. It provides some milestones like objects and multi-threading(*) and supports many more platforms.

After some pause you can grab it from or just get the latest and best from CVS by following the directions at

Turn your web browser towards for more information about Parrot, get involved, and:

Have fun!

(*)The list of changes includes:

  • "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... objects!"
  • Huge documentation overhaul
  • More supported platforms, s. PLATFORMS
  • Basic thread support for pthread based architectures
  • Basic event handling for timers and signals including:
  • PASM callbacks for NCI (native C) functions.
  • Improved platform configuration
  • COW stacks now working, stacks code redone
  • Structure handling vastly improved
  • Random PMC and rand primitives
  • Better subroutine call syntax in PIR
  • Make PIR subroutines compliant with pdd03
  • Improved profiling (DOD, GC timings)
  • Hash code improvements, incl. random key order support
  • Experimental freeze/thaw code for some PMC types
  • IO improvements for buffered layer and Win32
  • String iterators
  • String bitwise vtables
  • Many new opcodes
  • Suppport for JIT, where malloced memory isn't executable
  • Priority DOD scheme for objects that need timely destruction
  • Improved byte code loading (e.g. onLoad functions)
  • Language updates: forth, Perl6/P6C, m4
  • Libraries: Getopt_Long, SDL, Dumper, Sort
  • new JAPH examples
  • Unified imcc and parrot test handling
  • Many new tests (make test reports 1386 tests)
  • Numerous bug fixes


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