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PONIE is an acronym for Perl On New Internal Engine. The PONIE Project existed from 2003 until 2006 and was to be a bridge between Perl 5 and Perl 6. It was an effort to rewrite the Perl 5 interpreter to run on Parrot, the Perl 6 virtual machine. The goal was to ensure the future of the millions of lines of Perl 5 code at thousands of companies around the world.[1]

The PONIE project ended in 2006 and is no longer being actively developed. Some of the improvements made to the Perl 5 interpreter as part of PONIE were folded into that project.[2]


  1. ^ Geoff Broadwell (August 8, 2005), OSCON 4.4: Inside Ponie, the Bridge from Perl 5 to Perl 6, O'Reilly ONLamp Blog 
  2. ^ Jesse Vincent (August 23, 2006), Ponie has been put out to pasture, The Perl Foundation 

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