Syntax highlighting for Perl 6

Following the Grant accepted for Integrating Padre with Parrot and Rakudo and Plans for Integrating Padre with Parrot and Rakudo I can already let you know that the first steps has been made. Padre is already capable to provide correct albeit slow syntax highlighting for Perl 6.

Actually it was implemented by Ahmad M. Zawawi, a neighbor of mine, who is also the maintainer of Syntax::Highlight::Perl6.

That's good news. I have not been playing with Perl 6 in many months now as some time ago I decided that I'll start to write Perl 6 again when I can get syntax highlighting in Padre and when I can run my Perl 6 scripts from within Padre.

That time has come so I've started to write some Perl 6 code but I need the documentation to be handy. So we are now discussing it on the #padre IRC channel on how to integrate Padre with the existing Perl 6 documentation and how to provide a real-world use case.

I would like to be able to press on F1 and get an explanation of the element where my cursor is currently located. I'd like to get the call-tips directly from the Perl 6 documentation. As the Perl 6 documentation can be linked to the tests implementing the specific elements using the smartlinks in the test files we could open the specific test files for editing right from the documentation.

Published on 2008-12-29 by Gabor Szabo