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Re: Scripting!

From: Kevin Ingwersen
Subject: Re: Scripting!
Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 18:03:07 +0200

Hey guys!

Thanks for your replies - and for the little fun hidden within the lines…that 
exception got me laughing for good. :)

I did see Small/StepTalk actualy, but neither of them did compile on my Mac - 
Cling included. I did find Cling actually, but it throws about 29 errors on a 
single file, that of course terminates the compilation for good.

I was indeed looking for a scripting language with the square brackets, as it 
gives the language a nice structure, realy.

I will look at the LanguageKit and see what it offers! It so far sounds very 
interesting, especially that it uses a JIT compiler.

Since there does not seem to be any scripting language with valid Objective-C 
syntax, I might just sit down and write my own, with the help of a more 
experienced developer then. Might be interesting to hook it up with GnuStep as 
a framework to extend programs with a scripting language…who knows, somebody 
may find this interesting. :)

Kind regards,
Am 01.05.2014 um 11:49 schrieb David Chisnall <address@hidden>:

> On 1 May 2014, at 01:21, Kevin Ingwersen <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Is it even possible to use a scripting language, based on ObjC syntax, 
>> outside of OS X?
> You should look at the LanguageKit Framework for Étoilé.  This provides an 
> AST interpreter, JIT compiler, and AOT compiler (compilers using LLVM on the 
> back end) for languages targeting the GNUstep Objective-C runtime, including 
> a dialect of Smalltalk and a JavaScript-like language.  Mathieu has been 
> working on an OMeta front end for it, which (when finished) will make adding 
> new front ends much easier.
> Performance for LanguageKit is typically in the same ballpark as Objective-C, 
> depending on what you're doing (floating point performance sucks, most other 
> things are close, often faster than using ObjC with manual retain-release, 
> but hopefully no one is doing that for new code in 2014).
> If what you want is *exactly* Objective-C (which isn't a great scripting 
> language, for various reasons), then you should look at Cling[1], which 
> provides a REPL environment reusing the Clang parser and code generator.  
> I've never tried getting it to work with Objective-C, but it probably 
> wouldn't be too much effort if it doesn't work already...
> David
> [1] http://root.cern.ch/drupal/content/cling
> -- Sent from my IBM 1620

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