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@odino odino released this Feb 20, 2019

Loads of interesting features in this release of ABS, spearheaded by require(file), ~/.absrc and background commands -- let's get to it!


  • you can now add default functions / configurations into the ~/.absrc and ABS will pre-load this file when it runs (#188)
  • as part of the same changes (#188), we added the functionality to include files into your scripts by using source(path/to/file) or require(path/to/file)
  • you can play around with your prompt by setting the environment variables ABS_PROMPT_LIVE_PREFIX=true and ABS_PROMPT_PREFIX=templated_string. The templated string can use {dir}, {user}, {host} that will be replaced on-the-fly. For further info, have a look at the sample .absrc file
Hello alex, welcome to the ABS (1.2.0) programming language!
Type 'quit' when you're done, 'help' if you get lost!
I am in ~/projects/abs
  • background commands (#70) have landed: when a command ends with a & ABS will execute it in background, without blocking your script (`sleep 10 &` && echo("hello")). In order to "gain control back" and wait for a background command to finish you just have to call wait() on the command. The done property of a command can be used to understand whether a command has finished or not
cmd = `sleep 10`
echo("This will be printed in 10s")

cmd = `sleep 10 &`
echo("This will be printed immediately")
cmd.done # FALSE
cmd.ok # FALSE
echo("We have been waiting 9s")
echo("And approximately another second")
cmd.done # TRUE
cmd.ok # TRUE
  • added the floor(), round(n), ceil() methods for numbers (and strings that can be auto-converted to numbers)
10.9.floor() # 10
"a".floor() # ERROR: floor(...) can only be called on strings which represent numbers, 'a' given
"10.9".floor() # 10
10.3.ceil() # 11
"a".ceil() # ERROR: ceil(...) can only be called on strings which represent numbers, 'a' given
"10.3".ceil() # 11
10.3.round() # 10
10.6.round() # 11
10.333.round(1) # 10.3
"10.333".round(1) # 10.3
"a".round() # ERROR: round(...) can only be called on strings which represent numbers, 'a' given
  • the ABS repl now supports history through the ~/.abs_history file (#172)
  • implemented the cd(dir) function, that optionally cds into the user's home if called without arguments (#155)


  • fixed a few random panics when calling builting functions without enough arguments (#193)
  • windows commands are now using cmd.exe rather than bash, as bash might not be available on the system (#180)
  • better error messages when parsing "invalid" numbers (#182)
  • the ABS installer was not working with wget 1.20.1 (#178)
  • the ABS parser now supports numbers in scientific notation (eg. 8.366100560806463e-7, #174)
  • errors on builtin functions would not report the correct error line / column numbers (#168)


Endless of thanks to @ntwrick, the real mastermind behind most of the features that landed in this release of ABS! And to @andromedarabbit for his help in fixing the installer!

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