Community

Information about the people working on and using Raku

Overview

"Perl 5 was my rewrite of Perl. I want Perl 6 to be the community's rewrite of Perl and of the community." - Larry Wall (circa 2000)

"I am in favor of this change [a community driven renaming from Perl 6 to Raku], because it reflects an ancient wisdom: “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”" - Larry Wall (2019)

The Raku community

Online communities

The #raku channel was created in October 2019, and will become more active as it becomes the default channel. Eventually, connections to the #perl6 will be redirected to #raku, but the historical logs will remain on the #perl6 channel. The #raku channel on freenode.net has always had a large presence with many developers, who are happy to provide support and answer questions, or just use it as a friendly place to hang out. Check out this IRC lingo resource for the abbreviations frequently used there. StackOverflow is also a great resource for asking questions and helping others with their Raku problems and challenges. More resources can be found in the raku.org community page.

IRC bots

The IRC channel has some very interesting bots. This is a full list with the name of the bot, a link to more information and a short description.

Offline communities

Raku is also a common topic at Perl conferences and Perl Monger meetings and other meetups. If you prefer in-person meetings, these are warmly recommended!

Other resources

Camelia, the multi-color butterfly with P 6 in her wings, is the symbol of this diverse and welcoming community.

Raku Weekly

Elizabeth Mattijsen usually posts in the "Raku Weekly" blog, a summary of Raku posts, tweets, comments and other interesting tidbits. If you want a single resource to know what is going on in the Perl community now, this is your best resource.

Raku Advent calendar

The Raku community publishes every December an Advent Calendar, with Raku tutorials every day until Christmas. Organization and assignment of days is done through the different Raku channels and the Perl6/advent repository. If you want to participate, its organization starts by the end of October, so check out the channels above to keep up to date.