|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Sunday, 22 June 2014|
One advantage of Lisp and similar languages is their extensibility. The actual language of Lisp has a minimal syntax, but you can then extend it. Common Lisp even has the motto of “the programmable programming language." If you’re programming Lisp, and you come across a feature that would make your program easier to write but that is missing from Lisp, you can just add it for yourself.
Ki as it comes has support for lambdas, lexical scoping, namespaces, local bindings, recursion, persistent data structures, lazyness, data literals, keywords, multiple arity functions, backcall-style continuations, multimethods, atoms and macros, and source maps. Ki also has threading macros that make it easy to concatenate computations.
Ki has been created by Luca Antiga of Orobix, specialists in image analysis and data engineering, and the company has used ki to handle mutable state for some apps. Antiga says ki could be used to create domain-specific languages through macros. A ki port of the React.js tutorial is included on the ki website as an example of this in action.
Antiga told I Programmer:
Joking that ki is the Flappy Bird of programming languages, Antiga added that Ki is very tiny and that all the heavy lifting is done by sweet.js and mori.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 23 June 2014 )|