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Parrot is the virtual machine intended to run Perl 6 and other dynamic languages efficiently and effectively. The tools used to build “Rakudo” (Perl 6 on Parrot) are powerful and general enough to host other languages on Parrot effectively. This talk explains how they work and demonstrates how to start running your own language on Parrot—and to use other code targeting Parrot without writing it yourself.
Patrick Michaud is the pumpking for the “Rakudo” Perl 6 compiler. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and was formerly a Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is currently a software developer and consultant focused on open source development and applications, including Perl, PmWiki, and Linux.