A teeny tiny Scheme implemented in Ruby.
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A simple little Scheme-derived language implemented in Ruby.

Blueprint is still tiny, missing a ton of functionality, and has absolutely atrocious performance. This is all just for fun.

To fire up a REPL:

$ bin/run_repl
> (+ 1 2 3)

(Consider using rlwrap for readline functionality--use rlwrap bin/run_repl)


Blueprint supports a lot of the functionality you'd expect from a Scheme (though some of its syntax is a bit different):

reading and evaling:

(read "(+ 1 2 3)") # => '(+ 1 2 3)
(eval '(+ 1 2 3)) # => 6


(define (fact n)
  (if (== n 0)
    (* n (fact (- n 1)))))

(fact 6) # => 72

Lexical closures:

(define (make-counter)
  (let ((n 0))
    (lambda ()
      (set! n (+ 1 n)))))
(define a (make-counter))
(define b (make-counter))
(a) # => 1
(a) # => 2
(b) # => 1

Variadic binding:

(define (drop-two (a b . rest)

(drop-two 1 2 3 4 5 6) # => '(3 4 5 6)

Blueprint is completely dynamic; it does everything at runtime. As such, it doesn't have a separate macro-expansion phase and uses fexprs to handle forms where the evaluation of arguments needs to be delayed. Fexprs are non-hygienic (like Common Lisp's macros). Blueprint also emulates Common Lisp-style macros by supporting quasiquoting with backticks, commas, and ,@ for splicing, which makes writing fexprs convenient:

(deffexpr (unless condition consequent alternative)
  `(if (not ,condition)

Blueprint doesn't yet have a gensym facility, though, so watch out for variable capture! That should be coming shortly.

One of Blueprint's goals is to make everything applyable, including fexprs:

(deffexpr (adder x)
  `(+ 1 ,x))

(map adder '(1 2 3)) # => '(2 3 4)

Even special forms like first, load, and quote are first-class, applicable objects:

(map first '((1 2) (3 4))) # => '(1 3)

Blueprint has a standard library that defines some basic functions and fexprs, including let, let*, if, map, reduce, filter, concatenate, and more.


Blueprint's test coverage is pretty good. The tests for the interpreter are written in RSpec, while the tests for the standard library are written in Blueprint itself.

To run all of the tests:

$ rake