- Sibilant is inspired by lisp and follows many lisp conventions,
- Macros can be defined in sibilant and included at compile time.
- Sibilant is entirely written in sibilant.
- Prefer verbose names to abbreviations by default.
- Avoid line noise. Prefer established punctuation semantics from
natural languages and common programming languages (eg commas come
after things and mean a pause or separation).
- Prefer expressions to statements. This is the most notable exception
are used extensively to this end.
- Allow as much of the language to be modified in-source as
possible. This includes the ability to rename/remove/redefine all
keywords and macros.
should be opt-in.
- Add language features slowly, and only when there's a real use
case. Don't blindly implement Lisp features without reasoning
through the need.
- Provide tools to simplify avoidance of repetition.
First, install node.js [
github ] and npm [
github ]. Then, it's as simple as:
$ npm install sibilant -g
$ sibilant --help
Hello world in the REPL
sibilant> (+ 1 2)
(1 + 2)
sibilant> (console.log "hello world")
Try it before you install
sibilant.org includes an in-browser
as-you-type sibilant compiler and tutorial, so you can get a sense of
the language without leaving your browser.
Learning the language
The most up to date documentation is at
sibilant.org and docs.sibilant.org.
Also, check out sibilant itself,
which is written 100% in
sibilant to get a
sense of what's possible.
Sibilant is released under the MIT