Shen is a portable functional programming language by Mark Tarver that offers
- pattern matching,
- λ calculus consistency,
- optional lazy evaluation,
- static type checking,
- an integrated fully functional Prolog,
- and an inbuilt compiler-compiler.
See also: Shen.java
[shen.clj "0.1.6"] | Marginalia
Is a work in progress. Passes the Shen 6.0 test suite.
lein trampoline run # If shen.clj already exists, for readline support: lein repl # java: java -cp lib/clojure-1.4.0.jar:shen.clj-0.1.6.jar shen
Shen 2010, copyright (C) 2010 Mark Tarver www.lambdassociates.org, version 7.1 running under Clojure, implementation: Clojure 1.4.0 [jvm 1.8.0-ea] port 0.1.6 ported by Håkan Råberg (0-) (define super [Value Succ End] Action Combine Zero -> (if (End Value) Zero (Combine (Action Value) (super [(Succ Value) Succ End] Action Combine Zero)))) super (1-) (define for Stream Action -> (super Stream Action do 0)) for (2-) (define filter Stream Condition -> (super Stream (/. Val (if (Condition Val) [Val] )) append )) filter (3-) (for [0 (+ 1) (= 10)] print) 01234567890 (4-) (filter [0 (+ 1) (= 100)] (/. X (integer? (/ X 3)))) [0 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 39 42 45 48 51 54 57 60... etc]
The Shen test suite is now running, slowly but surely:
[... loads of output ...] passed ... 146 failed ...0 pass rate ...100% ok 0 run time: 16.713 secs loaded
The suite can be run via:
yes | lein trampoline run -m shen.test
The benchmarks can be run via:
JAVA_OPTS="-Xss6m" lein run -m shen.benchmarks
- Performance is not a goal for 0.1.x, but some tuning has been made to ease development.
strlib.shenloads and type checks ok.
vectors.shenloads and type checks ok.
maths-lib.shenloads and type checks ok.
shen-libs part of it loads, but
file-system.shenneeds a java.io version to proceeed.
Instead of using Shen's reader, you can embed Shen directly in Clojure using these macros.
For simplicity, all Shen code lives and is evaluated in the
shen namespace for now (this will likely change).
; shen.test/shenlanguage.org (define for Stream Action -> (super Stream Action do 0)) ; shen.test/printer (神 (cons 1 2)) "[1 | 2]" (神 (@p 1 2)) "(@p 1 2)" ; shen.test/partials (神 ((λ X Y (+ X Y)) 2)) fn?
As can be seen
λ stands in for
/. in Shen to avoid Clojure reader macros.
@v are converted from Clojure deref to their Shen symbols.
\;, will also be converted to symbols.
 in Shen are lists, and not Clojure vectors. A Clojure vector with a count of 2 is used to represent a cons pair internally.
shen.test for more examples.
Shen code can (but this is not very tested) access
clojure.core, which is required as
(神 (c/with-out-str (for [0 (+ 1) (= 10)] print))) "\"0123456789\""
Shen FFI can be used for (basic) interaction with Clojure from Shen:
(load "ffi.shen") (ffi clj (@p shen->clj send-clj) (@p clj->shen receive-clj)) ; Clojure map entries as Shen lists (call-ffi clj *clojure-version*) [[:major | 1] [:minor | 4] [:incremental | 0] [:qualifier | nil]] ; Calling Java (call-ffi clj (System/currentTimeMillis)) 1336093159995
More advanced mixing and requiring of Clojure packages isn't supported yet.
This port, while aiming to conform closely (and hopefully fully) to the Shen specification, has its primary goal to enable Shen's power in real world Clojure code.
- Shen / Clojure interop:
- Shen packages as namespaces?
- Hiding Shen internal names.
- Bringing smaller parts of Shen goodness back into Clojure: predicate dispatch, pattern matching, prolog. Maybe even the type system.
- Ensuring Shen can call Clojure/Java properly.
- Future / Questions
- More TCO than implicit recur for KLambda?
- Making Shen as lazy as its host?
- Existing Shen libraries and portability?
- overwrite.clj - rewriting more parts of Shen into Clojure if interop or performance requires it.
- Shen in 15 minutes as smoke test for the REPL
Shen, Copyright © 2010-2012 Mark Tarver
shen.clj, Copyright © 2012 Håkan Råberg
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