Version 62 (modified by fperrad, 13 years ago)

add links to Smolder (Lua & Pipp)

Parrot based implementations of programming languages

A number of languages targeting Parrot are in development. Some of them can be found in the Parrot tarball, in languages/. Others are being developed outside of Parrot. The targets 'co-all' and 'up-all' of 'languages/Makefile' help with fetching the source of these externally managed languages.

This page tracks the status of these projects.

NameLanguageWritten inBuilds againstPassing testsCompletenessDevelopment
abc bcPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1161/161 (100%)SemistableInactive
APL APLPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1166/166 (100%)?Inactive
BASIC BASIC, Microsoft QuickBASIC 4.5Perl, PIR??Stable?Inactive
befunge Befunge-93PIR|Parrot-0.9.1all? (1)SemistableActive
bf Brainf**kPIRParrot 0.9.11/1 (1)Stable?Dormant
c99 C programming language,  C99 dialectPerl6GrammarParrot 0.8.1-devel0/6 (1)StableInactive
 cardinal Ruby 1.9Perl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1?/373 (1)Development?Active
chitchat SmalltalkPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.12/2 (100%)?Inactive
colaColaC, PerlParrot 0.8.1-devel2/2 (100%)SemistableDormant
dotnet.Net to PIR translatorC, Perl, PIRParrot 0.8.1-devel45/263 (17.11%)?Dormant
 eclectus SchemeSchemeParrot 0.8.2-devel? (1)DevelopmentInactive
ecmascript ECMAScriptPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.112/12 (100%)DevelopmentActive
forth ForthPIRParrot 0.8.1-devel? (1)?Reactivating?
 funAn even happier JoyPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.12525DevelopmentActive
 gilGeneric Imperative LanguagePerl6Grammar???Inactive
 hq9plus HQ9 PlusPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.113/13 (100%)StableMaintainance
jakoJakoPerl5Parrot 0.8.1-devel? (1)SemistableDormant
 jvmJava VM bytecode translatorC, Perl, PIRParrot 0.8.2-devel-DevelopmentActive
json JSONPerl6GrammarParrot 0.8.1-devel? (1)?Dormant
 Kea-CLCommon Lisp???DevelopmentInactive
 lazy-k Lazy KPIRParrot 0.9.0-devel? (1)Development (2)Dormant
lisp LISPPIR, PGE?Parrot 0.8.1-devel134/134 (100%)?Dormant
lolcode LOLCODEPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.181/82 (98.78%)?Dormant
 lua Lua 5.1Perl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1
 Lua2PIR Lua 5.1?????
 matrixy Octave?????
 m4 GNU m4PIRParrot 0.9.154/125 (43.2%)DevelopmentDormant
 markdown MarkdownPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.128/28 (100%)Semistable?Dormant
NQPNot quite Perl6Perl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1?StableInactive
 Monkey Lua 5.1?????
ook Ook!PASMParrot 0.8.1-devel1/1 (100%)Stable?Maintenance
parrot_compilerPAST and PIR examplesPIR????
 partcl TclPIR, C(PMC) Version Spec Test StatusDevelopment svn log
pheme SchemePerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.151/51 (100%)Development?Reactivating?
 Perk JavaPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.0-devel0/0PrototypeActive
 Pipp PHPPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1
PIRParrot Intermediate RepresentationPerl6GrammarParrot 0.8.1-devel? (1)SemistableMaintenance
 Pirate Python?????
 PJS ECMAScriptPIRParrot 0.8.1-devel? (1)DevelopmentDormant
PODPlain Old DocumentationPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1-devel?DevelopmentActive
 primitivearc ArcPIRParrot 0.9.1not tests written yetDevelopmentDormant
punie Perl 1.0Perl6GrammarParrot 0.9.152/52 (100%)DevelopmentInactive
pynie PythonPerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.176/88 (86.36%)DevelopmentDormant
 Rakudo Perl 6 Perl 6Perl6Grammar, PerlParrot 0.9.1275/275 (100%) (3)DevelopmentActive
regexRegular expression enginePMCParrot 0.8.1-devel53/53 (100%)Development?Dormant/Inactive?
scheme SchemePerl 5Parrot 0.8.1-devel? (1)DevelopmentInactive
 Scheme to PIR with Chicken Scheme?????
 shakespeare-parrot ShakespearePerl6GrammarParrot 0.9.1?DevelopmentActive
squaakSquaak (showcase language)Perl6GrammarParrot 0.9.15/5 (100%)DevelopmentDormant
 unlambda UnlambdaPIRParrot 0.9.13/3 (100%)?Dormant
urmUniversal Register MachinePerl 5Parrot 0.8.1-devel5/7 (71.42%)Stable?Inactive
 WMLScript WMLScriptPIRParrot 0.9.1358/358 (100%)DevelopmentActive
  • (1) I couldn't get one or more tests to run on my system.
  • (2) As per README/documentation.
  • (3) Basic tests only.


So it's easy to tell what's going on with a project, I'll categorize statuses on the basis of two criteria:

  • Completeness: stable, semistable, development, prototype, unknown
    • Stable: Claims to be version 1.0, 2.0, etc.; tests appear to cover a usable subset of functionality.
    • Semistable: Stable to a deprecated or old standard; can be extended to the latest standard.
    • Development: Claims to be version 0.1, 0.2, etc.; large functionality missing.
    • Prototype: Claims to be development, prototype or no version number; only basic functionality is in.
  • Development: active, maintenance, dormant, inactive
    • Active: Major changes in the last month.
    • Maintenance: Minor changes in the last month; only really applicable to stable/semistable languages.
    • Dormant: No major changes in the last month; bugfixes and occasional commits are still being made.
    • Inactive: No changes in the last three months.

See also: AbandonedLanguages