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README.md

Build Status

The Boo Programming Language (c) 2009 Rodrigo B. de Oliveira (rbo@acm.org)

Prerequisites

Windows

* Boo is built with NAnt, which must be built from sources, which requires NMake, which comes with the Visual C++ Build Tools.

Mac/Linux

  • Mono 4.2.x (4.2.4 is the latest and recommended)
  • Bash

Build Tools

You can install compatible versions of the required tools into the build-tools directory, where the build scripts will execute them from, by running the bootstrap script.

Windows

The bootstrap script is a PowerShell script; however, it must be run from a x86 Native Tools Command Prompt:

# FROM A x86 NATIVE TOOLS COMMAND PROMPT
powershell .\build-tools\bootstrap

Mac/Linux

./build-tools/bootstrap

Mac

Building Boo requires Mono 4.2.x, which is not likely to be your "Current" version of Mono. To avoid having to switch your current version every time you want to work on Boo, you can specify the version to use when you run the bootstrap script. The build scripts will then use that version of Mono, regardless of your current version.

./build-tools/bootstrap [<mono version>]

Building

To build the repository, run the nant script:

# Windows (PowerShell)
.\nant [<target>]
# Mac/Linux
./nant [<target>]

With no target specified, this will build the repository (code and tests) incrementally. To clean and build the repository from scratch, run the "rebuild" target. This will also cause the ast classes and parser to be regenerated (needs a java vm)

To run the unit tests that have already been built with nant, run the nunit script:

# Windows (PowerShell)
.\nunit
# Mac/Linux
./nunit

To build and test the entire repository, the same way the CI build does, run the ci script:

# Windows (PowerShell)
.\ci
# Mac/Linux
./ci

How to Start

For a brief description of the project and its goals take a look at docs/BooManifesto.sxw.

extras/boox contains a sweet little tool you can use to get yourself acquainted with the language.

src/ contains all the source code for the runtime and compiler components.

tests/ contains all the unit tests.

testcases/integration is a good source of information on the language features.

lib/ contains project dependencies such as antlr.

bin/ contains the latest version that passed all the tests and could be successfully used to rebuild the system.

Running and compiling code

To execute a boo script run:

booi <script> [args]

For instance:

booi examples/hw.boo	

You can also have booi to read from stdin by typing:

booi -

You can generate .net assemblies by using booc (either the booc.exe utility or the booc nant task):

booc -output:build/hello.exe examples/hw.boo	

If you want to simply see the transformations applied to your code by the compiler use the boo pipeline, run:

booc -p:boo examples/replace.boo	

More Information

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/boolang

Contributors

See: https://github.com/boo-lang/boo/graphs/contributors

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