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    luke as an abstract, extendable programming language and platform that allows custom syntax for domain specific solutions.

    Important: The luke project is in early stage and under development. It's not yet production ready. If you'd like to contribute to the code or the module ecosystem, feel free to open a PR.

    Table of contents


    Resource Description
    Luke Website Official website of the luke project
    Luke Module Catalog Complete collection and documentation of luke modules
    Luke on npm Official npm package
    Luke on GitHub Official luke core repo



    print "Starting luke program";


    // 1. Use a module (local or remote)
    use rest.luke.js;
    // 3. Use module-specific code
    ns rest; // (set the module namespace)
    POST {name "Hello"} to


    luke runs on JavaScript Engines and can be used on Node, Browsers and via it's CLI.


    $ npm i luke --global

    npm module

    npm i luke --save


    <script src="luke.js">


    After you have installed luke via npm, you can use it in your terminal as an interactive CLI or run your luke script files

    Interactive Shell

    $ luke
    $ print "Hello World!"
    "Hello World"

    You can also include existing luke files into your interactive shell:

    $ luke include main.luke

    Run a File

    // hello.luke
    print "I am a luke file"
    $ luke run hello.luke
    "I am a luke file"

    Embedded (JavaScript)

    luke scripts can also be run inside JavaScript:

    // For Node.js
    const luke = require('luke-lang');
    // For browsers:
    <script src="luke.js"/>
    luke.parse('print "Hello, I am embedded"')


    The luke language aims to provide simple language to build solutions that are taylored for different domains and problems.

    The main concepts of luke are:

    • Simple language design, understandable for developers and non-developers
    • Custom syntax creation
    • Open and free platform for syntax modules

    language architecture

    Check out the Modules

    Default module

    luke comes with a built-in default module, which is initalized by default. The default module contains some basic functionalities.

    Some code examples from the default module:

    Code Description
    print "I'm a luke program" Print something
    var color blue Set a variable
    print color Print variable content
    download Download a file
    list modules List all used modules
    list commands List all commands from available modules

    Full reference

    Syntax from the default namespace will automatically be available in any other module-specific namespace.

    Custom syntax, modules

    The luke language is a platform for different syntax. Each syntax ist delivered using a module. Basically any module syntax can be different, however they are all aimed at simplicity.

    module packing

    Create a syntax

    Building your own custom syntax is fairly simple. It's defined using a JavaScript Object with a common structure.

    lang = {
      $: {
        mymodule: { // your namespace name
          echo: {
            follow: ["{param}", "$and"],
            method: function(ctx, param){
          and: {
            follow: ["{param}", "$and"],
            method: function(ctx, param){
    module.exports = lang;

    The required keys and fields in your syntax definition are:

    Key Description Example
    lang.$.NAMESPACE The name of your moudle/namespace example
    lang.$.NAMESPACE.TOKEN Custom tokens echo
    lang.$.NAMESPACE.TOKEN.follow A list of possible tokens that can follow. ["{param}", "$and"]
    lang.$.NAMESPACE.TOKEN.method The function to be executed, when that token ist parsed function(param){console.log(param)}

    Follow tokens can be defined as follows:

    Follow token Description
    $and Corresponds to the exact token without the leading dollar sign.
    {param} A custom input of any type. This will be available as single parameter in your method: method: function(param){}
    {param1,param2} Multiple custom inputs followed by another. These will be available as object parameter: method: function(obj){//obj.param1, obj.param2}

    Define your available tokens as keys under the "$" object. Each key has an attached method, which will be executed, when that token is parsed and an array follow, which defines, which tokens can follow the current token.

    Following tokens

    Following tokens can either be wildcards for user input ({param}) or another token, specified with a leading "$" (e.g. $and).

    These instructions let you create token chains and build your own syntax.

    |-------------- Statement ------------|
      echo    "Peter"   and  "Nicole"   ;
       ^        ^        ^      ^       ^
    command  command  command command delimeter;
     $.echo  {param}   $.and  {param}

    Publish syntax as module

    Your custom syntax modules can be contributed to the official luke module repo.

    Learn more: Luke Module Repo


    luke is open source and released under the MIT License.

    See the license




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