Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
Much discussion happens on #raku, our IRC channel. This is the fastest way to get help.
If you prefer Discord for live chat, there is a Discord server available that is also bridged to the IRC.
Many questions and answers marked with Raku tag.
For more persistent discussions (and for the poor folks who can’t use IRC) we have several mailing lists.
As of 2014, the lists have very low traffic (because most activity is on #raku), but every question sent to it usually gets answered swiftly by at least one person.
You can subscribe to each list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordination of events related to Raku (often together with other Perl or open source events). [List info: Subscription]
Whether you’re an open source veteran or someone that doesn’t know what “open source” means, there are many ways that you can get involved and contribute to the Raku project.
I am new
Learn Raku and Write about your Experience
Some writing topics could be programs you’ve written, tricks you’ve learned, cool things about the Raku, etc. Because of your fresh perspective as a learner, writing educational/training material would be a great idea as well.
Give Feedback on the Docs
Through your experience of learning and using Raku, you will have utitilized the docs. You’re in a good position to help us make these docs more robust. If you notice something missing, or something that could be better clarified, open an issue on the Github Repo.
I already know the language
Help us write tests
Help increase test coverage of the official Raku test suite called roast. This is the high bar that all Raku implementations must meet. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so get up to speed with the Test module, if you don’t already know it, and join us!
Contribute to the Ecosystem
Once you’ve learned the language, you can write modules and share them in the ecosystem. We use zef for packaging. See this guide if you have questions about how to organize modules. If you don’t know what to write, check out the most wanted modules list.
Hack on the Rakudo Compiler
Rakudo is the most popular Raku compiler right now. Hacking on Rakudo innards is a lot easier than you would think, since most of it is written in Raku. However, since it isn’t completely self-hosting, some parts are written in NQP.
So you can get started right away by writing Raku, and if/when you need to access some very low-level functionality you can learn NQP. You can get up to speed fairly fast with this NQP learning course. So feel free to jump right in!