Truth: A Domain Representation Language
Truth is a stateless meta-language for data modeling and storage. Its highly minimalistic (but deceivingly powerful) syntax is useful for declaring the existence of entities within a domain, by making is-a and has-a statements. You can learn everything there is to know about Truth in a few minutes, even if you're not really a programmer.
Truth makes no distinction between data and typing. Everything in Truth is both data and typing at the same time (because of this, it could be said that Truth is homoiconic). This, in addition to a terse, human-friendly syntax, makes Truth a great replacement for JSON, XML, YAML, TOML, or INI when the lack of a well-typed system (characteristic of these languages) is causing you grief.
You can use Truth for type-safe data storage. You can use it as a baseline for generating language-specific scaffolding, or SQL CREATE TABLE statements. It also functions as a disposable hack pad in the early stages of a project, when trying to wrap your head around what the domain looks like, from a data-structural point of view. There are likely many other uses as well.
Truth draws on ideas from TypeScript, LISP, Python, CSS, Markdown, various theorem provers, and brings many new ideas of it's own. It is believed to be completely sound, and this will be formally proven at some point in the future.
You can think of Truth as a type system without a language. The idea is to use this type system to quickly construct your own type-safe vocabulary that describes your domain. You then plug in "Agents" (which are blocks of code written in TypeScript) that act upon the terms you've defined in your document, and perform various functions such as generating code, API endpoints, or even complete apps.
- If you're interested in learning Truth, most of everything you'll need to know is covered in the language walk through.
- For an in-depth look at internals of the language, see the language rules page.
- If you're interested in reading about the goals of Truth, read the Truth manifesto.
Pre-alpha. Not yet working. The Truth compiler is being built as a lightweight, high-performance incremental analyzer with zero dependencies. The same core that powers run-time validations will also power editor services (Visual Studio Code).
If interested in contributing to this specification, please contact Paul Go at: paul (at) getblank (dot) com