Javascript Interpreter, in Rust
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A JavaScript interpreter written in Rust.

2015-2016 senior design project by Terry Sun and Saghm Rossi, in collaboration with David Mally (for his Master's Thesis) and Professor Steve Zdancewic.

Our poster and report are included in PDF form under report/ for convenience.


The parser is currently defined in a secondary package at rustoscript/, and the AST is defined at rustoscript/ The garbage collection engine is implemented by David Mally at rustoscript/french-press.


Build and run with Cargo. By default, this opens a REPL.

cargo build
cargo run

You can pass in a JS file to evaluate code from a file.

cargo run <file>

Run the Sputnik test suite:

cargo run -- --test

Evaluation was tested using Google's Sputnik, an ECMAScript 5 conformance test suite. Sputnik defines several categories of tests, each with various depths of subcategories (e.g., the "Expressions" category looks like this:

├── 11.3_PostfixExpressions
│   ├── 11.3.1_Postfix_Increment_Operator
│   │   ├── S11.3.1_A1.1_T1.js (a single test)
│   │   ├── S11.3.1_A1.1_T2.js
│   │   ├── ...

Overall, there are 111 leaf categories (categories which do not contain other categories). We considered the number of leaf categories in which we had passed at least one test. Of the 111 categories, we had coverage in 73 of the categories, or 65.8%. This indicates that we covered a sizable portion of the language's features. This metric represents the breadth of JavaScript that out interpreter can handle.

Sputnik provides a total of 2427 distinct tests. passes 18.2% of those tests.