RFC 168, by Johan Vromans: Built-in functions should be functions

Proposed on 27 August 2000, frozen on 20 September 2000, which was a generalization of RFC 26: Named operators versus functions proposed on 4 August 2000, frozen on 28 August 2000, also by Johan Vromans. Johan’s proposal was to completely obliterate the difference between built-in functions, such as abs, and functions defined by the user. In Perl, abs can beContinue reading “RFC 168, by Johan Vromans: Built-in functions should be functions”

Day 21: Searching for a Red gift

Alabaster Snowball, the elf, was searching for a gift for the person he had drawn on the North Pole’s Secret Santa. He had the great honour to draw Santa! What to give for the one who gives everyone’s presents? So he was searching on the internet for some keywords he knew Santa would like: automaticContinue reading “Day 21: Searching for a Red gift”

Day 19 – Functional Programming with Raku

Functional Programming in Raku I watched a really nice video recently, Functional Programming in 40 minutes, which I thought was really good. I’ve done bits of functional programming over the years but I know lots of people find the ideas behind it quite confusing. So the first thing I’d say is go watch that video,Continue reading “Day 19 – Functional Programming with Raku”

Day 18: What is my concurrent or parallel Raku program doing?

Raku makes it easy to introduce a bit of parallelism into a program – at least, when the solution lends itself to that. Its asynchronous programming capabilities also shine when building concurrent applications. During the last year, I’ve enjoyed employing both of these in my work. However, I also discovered that something was missing. ItContinue reading “Day 18: What is my concurrent or parallel Raku program doing?”