littlesmallscript

A simple Smalltalk to js translator.

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Little Smallscript

A dialect of Smalltalk that compiles into JavaScript.

Author:

Minori Yamashita ympbyc@gmail.com

LICENCE:

MIT

INSTALLATION:

$ git clone https://github.com/ympbyc/LittleSmallscript.git
$ cd LittleSmallscript
$ npm install -g

USAGE:

$ littlesmallscript --help

Direction:

  • The goal is to write Javascript in Smalltalk's syntax.
  • No class browser and stuff.
  • Some expressions are converted to javascripts syntax, for efficiency and readability.
    • (1 === 1) ifTrue: ['yay'] -> (1 === 1).ifTrue(function () {return 'yay';}) -> (1 === 1) ? (function () { 'yay'; })() : void 0;
    • #(1 2 3) at: 0 -> [1,2,3].at(0) -> [1,2,3][0]
  • Other message expressions are translated into method calling expression.
    • obj unary becomes obj.unary(). array inject:1 into:[] becomes array.injectinto(1, function () {}).
    • binary messages take js operators as selectors: x % 2 === 0

Example:

https://github.com/ympbyc/LittleSmallscript/tree/master/examples

The language is changing every second so do example codes. Here's what works at least for now.

+Object subclass:#Animal variables:#(#name).

!Animal setName: aName
  name := aName
!.
!Animal move: metre
  window alert: name + ' moved ' + metre + 'm.'
!.

+Animal subclass:#Snake variables:#().

!Snake move
  window alert:'Slithering...'.
  Snake super:#move arguments:#(5)
!.

Snake new
; setName:'Sammy the Python'
; move

Versions:

12:47 29 Jan 2013 v1.0.4 Inputs can now be piped-in to littlesmallscript. e.g: echo '(1 to: 5) map: [ :n | n * n]' | littlesmallscript.

12:35 2 Nov 2012 v1.0.3 String literals compile into single-quoted JS string. They were double quotes in previous versions. String literals support backslash escaping.

18:40 17 Oct 2012 v1.0.2 A temporary syntax for calling super methods is introduced. See the example above.

23:00 30 Sep 2012 v1.0.0 The first major version! Every parser is now written in LittleSmallscript itself. v1 is not backward compatible with v0. Syntax for accessing instance variables has changed. Class definition syntax has been added.

23:00 20 Sep 2012 v0.0.4 Fixed many bugs. Binary messages now take bare operators instead of primitives. method:at: and method:dot: fixes the scope of 'self'.

1am 20 Sep 2012 v0.0.3 Ready to ship! Known bugs are to be fixed. Added optimization.

12pm 12 Sep 2012 v0.0.2 Statement parser is coplete. Consequently, temporary variable declaration is now supported. | foo bar | compiles to var foo, bar;. Inline javascript as primary values. obj method: Binary messages with javascript operators. 1 <+> 1; Much of Little Smalltalk's built-in methods are provided via the library: prelude.js. Prettyprint using beautify.js.

5am 10 Sep 2012 v0.0.1 Implemented a PEG parser in javascript. Can now parse and generate expressions and literals. Messages are compiled to method calling, blocks are compiled to function literal. Temporary variable declaration is yet to be supported.

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