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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn Raku

Raku is a member of the Perl family of programming languages. Formerly known as Perl 6, it was renamed in October 2019. Raku introduces elements of many modern and historical languages. Compatibility with Perl was not a goal, though a compatibility mode is part of the specification.

Raku offers many features such as:

  • Object-oriented programming including generics, roles and multiple dispatch;
  • Functional programming primitives, lazy and eager list evaluation, junctions, autothreading and
  • hyperoperators (vector operators);
  • Parallelism, concurrency, and asynchrony including multi-core support;
  • Definable grammars for pattern matching and generalized string processing;
  • Optional and gradual typing.

Raku is multi-paradigmatic. It supports procedural, object oriented, and functional programming.

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1. Learn Raku in Y minutes by vendethiel and contributors

Take a whirlwind tour of your next favorite language.

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2. Raku Advent Calendar by various contributors

Raku is a multi-paradigm language where there’s more than one way to do it.

This is a collection of 25 articles that cover a wide range of areas to help you master Raku.

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3. Raku Tutorials – official documentation

  • Modules – How to create, use, and distribute Raku modules.
  • Core modules – Core modules that may be useful to module authors.
  • Input/Output – File-related operations.
  • Concurrency – Concurrency and asynchronous programming.
  • Classes and objects – A tutorial about creating and using classes in Raku.
  • Iterating – Functionalities available for visiting all items in a complex data structure.
  • Regexes: best practices and gotchas – Some tips on regexes and grammars.
  • Module packages – Creating module packages for code reuse.
  • Module development utilities – What can help you write/test/improve your module(s).
  • Grammar tutorial – An introduction to grammars.
  • Command line interface – Creating your own CLI in Raku.
  • Doing math with Raku – Different mathematical paradigms and how they are implemented in this language.
  • Creating operators – A short tutorial on how to declare operators and create new ones.
  • CompUnits and where to find them – How and when Raku modules are compiled, where they are stored, and how to access them in compiled form.
  • Entering unicode characters – Input methods for unicode characters in terminals, the shell, and editors.
  • Inter-process communication – Programs running other programs and communicating with them.

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4. Raku essentials

Raku essentials provides a basic introduction to Raku and its compiler.

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