What is Amber?
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Amber is an open source scripting language, which is being developed for easy realization of High-Level Programming with Self-Extension. The term “self-extension” means a way to extend languages’ syntaxes or semantics using capabilities of themselves, and it includes following techniques:
- Domain Specific Languages (DSLs)
- Extensible Syntax
- Dynamic and Static Reflection
Writing programs with high-level abstraction is very important in terms of productivity, portability and performance. Since the optimal programming language is different according to programming targets in general, capabilities of self-extension are also important. Amber has been designed and developed placing the highest priority to self-extension from the start, so self-extension of Amber is easy and has high-degree of freedom.
The release version of Amber is currently under development. It will be a self-hosting compiler completely from the layer of assembers. Current Amber only has capabilities for developing the release version, and it does not support following things:
- multi-byte characters
- foreign function support