MetaJS for Coect plays the same role as Emacs Lisp for Emacs. MetaJS is written in MetaJS and can recompile itself. Look at the interactive MetaJS-documentation where you can try MetaJS without leaving your browser.
Knowledge-oriented programming as opposed to object-oriented or functional one gives main priority to semantic models of the program instead of building blocks of the program (objects or functions). Each semantic model (in the form that compiler can understand) is called logos.
You can find more information about semantic code transformations, examples of symbolic and entitative MetaJS to JavaScipt transformations in the metajs_semantic_code_transformations.pdf. Please look also at the high-level MetaJS language overview metajs_lisp.pdf.
own datastructures (like for example ClojureScript does). MetaJS uses native
without unnecessary overhead. JSON documents are valid MetaJS documents and so
can be included with usual
include. MetaJS tries to generate beautiful
compatible with EcmaScript5. For
legacy browsers like IE8 it should be used
es5-shim or other
MetaJS is implemented in MetaJS and you can extend language easily by adding new
macros. For example, to add support of
yield keyword introduced in
just create a macro like:
(defmacro yield (x)`(js "yield %" ~x))
MetaJS supports destructuring across all forms that accept name-value bindings:
(def actors ["Neo" "Trinity" "Morpheus"][neo trinity morpheus] actors)(let digits [1 2 3][one two three] digits(set [one two three] digits))
Forms can be chained with well-known
-> macro. For chaining methods calls often
D3 there is also special syntax based on method hooks. For
example let's look at following code-sample from
and rewrite it in MetaJS using hooks and short anonymous functions:
(d3 .selectAll "circle" .transition.duration 750.delay #(* %2 10).attr "r" #(Math.sqrt (* %1 scale)))
To define a macro you can use standard Lisp syntax-quote, unquote and unquote-splicing:
(defmacro when (x & code)`(if ~x (do ~@code)))
Functions can have optional parameters and parameters with default values. Each parameter can be passed positionally or as keyword. In addition function can accept variable number of parameters that are accessible as list. Shortly syntax for keyword-only function parameters will be finalised.
;; 'a' is required, 'b' is required and associated with an entity 'Thing';; 'c' is optional, 'd' is optional and has default value 2, 'more' holds rest positional parameters(defn demo-fn (a b:Thing c:? d:2 & more)(log a b c d more));; an example of the function call(demo-fn "Just A" "noumenon" c:42)
You can embed variables inside interpolated
strings that are started with
Inside such strings
$symbol is replaced with symbol's value and
replaced with pair name=value. For escaping
$ itself use
(= #"Hello, $nickname!" (str "Hello, " nickname "!"))
Firstly, please install Node.js.
If you want to install latest development version of MetaJS:
$ git clone https://github.com/dogada/metajs.git$ cd ./metajs$ npm install$ npm link .
If you don't plan to rebuild MetaJS and just want to try it:
$ npm install -g metajs
You have just installed MetaJS and become qualified for a MetaJS-developer T-shirt. It's time to dive into MetaJS:
$ metajs -x test/index.mjs # run MetaJS test suite$ metajs --lint test/index.mjs # check unit tests for errors$ metajs --lint --lint-log-level=1 test/index.mjs # show only Lint errors, hide warnings and hints$ metajs # start TEPL (Translate Eval Print Loop)$ metajs src/cli.mjs # compile single file to stdout$ metajs test/def.mjs test/hook.mjs --output ./ # compile 2 files to the working directory$ metajs -e "(+ 2 2)" # advanced calculator$ metajs --help # print help to stdout$ make # rebuild MetaJS compiler and run test suite
If you use Emacs you will enjoy MetaJS-support for flymake mode. The simplest method is to use my fork of flymake, however you can also extend standard flymake with MetaJS support (use this changeset as a hint). With flymake you will receive MetaJS feedback in real-time mode during edithing the code.
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The compiler will execute the instructions exactly as before, but in addition to grammar instructions, it will also execute semantic instructions defined specifically for your program.
Imagine that you're explaining how does your program work to a grandmother who knows nothing about programming — it's an old grammar compiler. Now imagine that you're explaining the same thing to a girl with a degree in computer science — it's a new semantic compiler. But you will have to explain it in both cases.