I asked on the list that people try to focus on a few major tasks for the release:
- Update the NEWS and PLATFORMS files. Specifically, there are several platforms that haven't been updated since 2008, and it would be awesome to get them updated.
- Priorities: HLL interop is on the roadmap for this release as being a high-priority item. Also, several developers have asked for better profiling tools. I have offered a bounty of one batch of brownies (chocolate or blonde, by request) for the first person to deliver good PIR-level profiling tools, before Saturday (when I requested big changes not be made any more). Write a good code profiler, get free brownies. Can't beat that.
- There are some items in Deprecated that were eligible in 1.1. If some of those could disappear, awesome.
- Close tickets.
- Blog! Coke requested at #ps today that people blog about their progress on Parrot to help spread the message and build some interest in the progress.
Allison committed her remaining local changes to the pcc_rewiring branch, and I'm hoping that a few eyes looking over it will help resolve the remaining problems. I doubt we'll get the branch merged into trunk before the Tuesday release, but I do hope we can get it committed not long thereafter. Once that branch finally lands, I'll be ready to start on Garbage Collectable Contexts, which I've been planning for a long time too.
Cotto sent me a link today to a cool GC-related research paper that I have already gotten some fun ideas from. I don't know when I'll have time to do any GC work, but I can't wait too long: It's on my task list for 2.0.
So thats the pre-1.3 release recap, plus a little extra information too. Here's hoping things go smoothly from here on out.