C3 is a C-like language trying to be "an incremental improvement over C" rather than a whole new language. C3 owes a lot to the ideas of the C2 language: to iterate on top of C without trying to be a whole new language.
C3 tries to be an alternative in the the C/C++ niche: fast and close to the metal.
- Procedural "get things done"-type of language.
- Try to stay close to C - only change where truly needed.
- Flawless C integration.
- Learning C3 should be easy for a C programmer.
- Dare violating the "close to metal" principle if the value is great.
- Data is inert.
- Avoid "big ideas".
- Avoid the kitchen sink language trap.
Most work is still being done in the design draft here: https://c3lang.github.io/c3docs/. If you have suggestions, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, file an issue or discuss C3 on the r/ProgrammingLanguages Discord server: https://discord.gg/cfu4wdk
There are some small work being done on the parser here, but most of the structure is still missing:
What's missing in the parser
- Macro parameter lists to imports.
- auxiliary data for enums.
What's missing in the semantic analyser
- No handling imports.
- Function signatures incomplete.
- Function typedef not done.
- Enums not correctly handled.
- Errors not correctly handles.
- Type resolution not complete for all types.
- Identifier analysis incomplete.
- Macro call not handled completely.
- Function calls not handled completely.
- Struct initializers not complete.
- No analysis of
- Missing analysis of assign expressions.
- Not all casts implemented.
What's missing overall
- Exactly how the module system should work together with the import is still under discussion.
- Exactly how the library imports should work is not 100% decided.
- The compiler currently only works in single file mode.
- Integration with C.
- The compiler can compile simple programs, but integration with C is mostly missing, which means that little can be displayed outwards.
- Lexing and parsing works (except for the exceptions noted above).
If you wish to contribute with ideas, please file issues on the c3docs: https://github.com/c3lang/c3docs instead of the compiler.