Because I want to create a good-for-all language borrowing qualities from Bash, BASIC, C, Forth and JavaScript

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One of those things I have been thinking about for countless years...

A language that can be very simple and easy to use, like BASIC but with the power of Bash and others.

A language that can span many levels, from the startup firmware of a machine, to user applications, from the machine code to the abstract concepts.

A language that is efficient, to build optimised code like in C (not just by making a powerful compiler but letting you guide and iterate the compilation)

A language that can work with interpreted and compiled code (like FORTH but more advanced ?)


This language is inspired by Bash/C/FORTH/JavaScript as well as a few others (LISP/Scheme or the Pascal/Ada/VHDL lineage for example) for:

  • ease of programming (no crazy syntax, as Python advocates, so no obscure stack stuff like FORTH)
  • security/safety (inherent checks like Ada)
  • performance (so you can tweak a script into fine-tuned machine code at will)
  • self-sufficience (store the system in a Flash/ROM)
  • interactive console use (like Bash)
  • building the OS
  • support of my CPU's features (so the F-CPU and the YASEP have something to run)

This keeps many nice things we have come to expect from today's programming languages but some concepts diverge :

  • Don't bother with POSIX
  • Enforce sandboxed and separate units of code (safety, modularity, reuse) with capability-based access rights. Just like HURD's "everything is a server".
  • Several subsets can be enabled/disabled depending on the use :
    - machine code generation is allowed only in the compiler and assembler context
    - hardware features, IO, protections etc are allowed only in the kernel modules
    - implicit dynamic features are not allowed for code that will be compiled (like VHDL code that can't be synthesised)
    - code introspection (like in FORTH or JS's "eval") only available in development mode (introspecting code can't be compiled)

The main idea is to create a baseline interpreted language that is used to compile itself. It must be able to generate machine code from its own source code, starting from a basic assembler and evolving into a more featured compiler. The interpreter's command line can also serve as a classic shell to administrate the computer.


The Development of the C Language Dennis M. Ritchie (Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies) Copyright 1993 Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. This article was presented at Second History of Programming Languages conference, Cambridge, Mass., April, 1993.

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Morning.Star wrote 03/05/2018 at 06:33 point

Nice, its about time somebody made a decent language. Keeping my eye on this Yann :-)

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