a new programming language
Plasma is a new programming language for safe and efficent general purpose use. It is a statically typed, side-effect free single assignment language and will have functional programming and concurrent programming features. It will support deterministic parallel execution. For a general overview, please visit https://plasmalang.org/ It is in early development.
It is free software, Copyright (C) 2015-2020 The Plasma Team, distributed mostly under the MIT license, see LICENSE for details.
Github and ICE
It came to light in 2019 that Github have a contract with ICE, the US government department responsible for separating families and torturing children who have the misfortune to try to enter the USA.
Github, you can (and should) do better and I (Paul Bone) will never be using any paid features while you contract with ICE.
This README.md contains some quick info for getting started. For more complete info please see our getting started guide.
You will need:
- A C compiler (C99 on a POSIX.1-2008 environment), I've been testing with GCC. Clang should also work.
- Mercury. The latest stable version is required, older versions may also work. Plasma's CI currently tests with ROTD 2020-05-31.
The easiest way to install Mercury is to install the .deb packages (on Debian, Ubuntu, etc).
Otherwise download Mercury's source pakcage and follow the installation instructions in the INSTALL file. We've made some notes about grades that may help with choosing which grades you may need. There is also a README.bootstrap file with Mercury bootstrapping information if you wish to do that, it may also provide some additional explaination.
build.mk and edit it to make any build configuration
changes you need.
make in the root directory to build the project.
You should get:
- src/plzc - The plasma compiler, compiles plasma (
.p) files to plasma modules (
- src/plzlnk - The plasma linker, links one more more modules (
.pzo) into a plasma ball (
- runtime/plzrun - The runtime system, executes plasma balls (
- src/plzasm - The plasma bytecode assembler. This compiles textual bytecode
.pzt) to bytecode (
.pz). It is useful for testing the runtime.
There are example plasma programs in
make test will execute these programs as part of the test suite to ensure that
things are working correctly.
- docs - Documentation
- examples - Example Plasma programs
- runtime - Runtime system (C code)
- scripts - Some scripts to aid developers
- src - The compiler and other tools
- tests - The test suite (in addition to some of the files in examples)
If you're stuck and the Documentation doesn't contain the answer or clue you need or you're struggling to find it. Please ask for help. The Contact page of the website lists all the ways you can get in touch. In particular the Plasma Help mailing list and IRC channel are the best resources for help.
For bugs or missing information please file a bug.