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to Hello World in the Perl 6 Track

Published at Jul 13 2018 · 1 comment
Test suite

The classical introductory exercise. Just say "Hello, World!".

"Hello, World!" is the traditional first program for beginning programming in a new language or environment.

The objectives are simple:

  • Write a function that returns the string "Hello, World!".
  • Run the test suite and make sure that it succeeds.
  • Submit your solution and check it at the website.

If everything goes well, you will be ready to fetch your first real exercise.


Remember to check out the Perl 6 documentation and resources pages for information, tips, and examples if you get stuck.

Running the tests

There is a test suite and module included with the exercise. The test suite (a file with the extension .t) will attempt to run routines from the module (a file with the extension .pm6). Add/modify routines in the module so that the tests will pass! You can view the test data by executing the command perl6 --doc *.t (* being the name of the test suite), and run the test suite for the exercise by executing the command prove6 . in the exercise directory.


This is an exercise to introduce users to using Exercism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Hello,_world!%22_program

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.


#!/usr/bin/env perl6
use v6;
use Test;
use lib $?FILE.IO.dirname; #`[Look for the module inside the same directory as this test file.]
use HelloWorld;
plan 1; #`[This is how many tests we expect to run.]

# Run the 'is' subroutine from the 'Test' module, with three arguments.
  hello,           # Run the 'hello' subroutine, which is imported from your module.
  'Hello, World!', # The expected result to compare with 'hello'.
  'Say Hi!'        # The test description.
unit module HelloWorld:ver<1>;

sub hello(Str $name? --> Str) is export {
    "Hello, {$name || 'World'}!"

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Remove default value on optional param, thanks @mienaikageb :)

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