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05 November 2008, 14:47

BBC joins Parrot Foundation advisory board

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The BBC has joined the Parrot Foundation advisory board. Parrot is a virtual machine that began within the Perl community, but which has expanded its scope to be a general purpose virtual machine for many dynamic languages. Dirk-Willem van Gulik, Chief Technical Architect at the BBC, explaining the BBC's interest, said "Like most enterprises, the BBC uses many different dynamic programming languages and environments". He continued, "We're anticipating that well tested, high quality language-neutral virtual machines will play an important role in the future."

Jerry Gay, president of the Parrot Foundation welcomed the BBC and pointed to the experience the BBC would bring to the foundation in terms of high performance, user-facing systems and the rapid deployment of creative interfaces to data resources. Parrot itself has yet to reach a version 1.0; the most recent version is 0.8.0. The Parrot Foundation, as well as driving development of the Parrot virtual machine, also retains the copyright and trademarks of the Parrot project and works to reach out to other language communities. Currently, there are Parrot language implementations in development for Tcl, JavaScript, Lua, Scheme, PHP, Python, Perl 6, APL and .Net bytecode.


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