ArkScript
A small, fast, functional and scripting language for video games
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This is the implementation documentation of the ArkScript programming language, if you want to contribute to it in any way.

Key features of the language

ArkScript is

  • small: the core fit under 8000 lines of code ; also small in terms of keywords (only 10)
  • a scripting language: very easy to embed it in your projects. Registering your own functions in the language is made easy
  • portable: a unique bytecode which can be run everywhere the virtual machine is
  • a functional language: every parameter is passed by value, everything is immutable unless specified
  • powerful: provides closures and explicit capture
  • promoting functionalities before performances: expressiveness often brings more productivity, though performances aren't left behind
  • a Lisp inspired language, with fewer parentheses: [...] is expanded to (list ...) and {} to (begin ...)
  • extensible: supports C++ module to use it in the language, adding functionalities

Also it has:

  • macros: if/else, values, and functions
  • tail call optimization
  • a REPL with autocompletion and coloration
  • a growing standard library, composed of ArkScript code (under lib/std/) and C++ (under lib/ext/)
  • a lot of unit tests (but never enough), which are ran before every release to ensure everything works as expected
  • docker images:
    • stable, built after each release
    • nightly, built after each commit

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