Parrot 3.7.0 "Wanda" released

Will Coleda will at
Wed Aug 17 01:26:38 UTC 2011

OTTO. Apes don't read philosophy.

WANDA. Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you
  on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of
  Buddhism is not 'Every Man For Himself'.

OTTO. You read...

WANDA. And... the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all
  mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.

  Now. You have just assaulted the one man who can keep you out of jail and
  make you rich. So, what are you going to do about it, huh? What would an
  intellectual do? What would Plato do?

-- A Fish Called Wanda, by John Cleese.

With that, I'd like to apologize for Parrot 3.7.0, also known
as "Wanda". Parrot ( is a virtual machine aimed
at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 3.7.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
(, or by following the
download instructions at For those who would like
to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend getting
the latest and best Parrot code from github (

Parrot 3.7.0 News:
- Core
  + Added mem_sys_strndup function.
  + Added new load_bytecode_p_s opcode as an eventual replacement for
  + Added new :tag() syntax to IMCC for PIR
  + Improved configuration support for msys
  + known-buggy parrot_debugger is no longer installed
- Languages
  + Winxed
    - Updated snapshot to version 1.1.0
    - multi functions and methods
    - cast to var
    - load_packfile builtin
    - __NAMESPACE__ and __CLASS__ predefined constants
- Documentation
    + The Archive::Tar and Archive::Zip libraries now have POD docs

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:

Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project. The following people (in no particular
order) contributed to this release. Thanks!

Aaron Faanes, Allison Randal, Andrew Whitworth, Andy Dougherty, Andy
Lester, Bob Kuo, Christoph Otto, Will "Coke" Coleda, Dan Bolser,
Felipe Pena, Francois Perrad, Gerhard R, Jimmy Zhuo, Jonathan "Duke"
Leto, Jonathan Worthington, Martin von Gagern, Michael H. Hind, Moritz
Lenz, Peter Lobsinger, Jim Keenan, Kevin Polulak, Julian Albo

Our next scheduled release is 20 September, 2011.


Will "Coke" Coleda

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