1. Goals
  2. Non-Goals
  3. Grammar
  4. Reference


  • Small (same scale as C) and basically C like
  • Match actual machine model, better (more modern) than C
  • “Higher level” features such as inheritance and RTTI come from libraries. As with C++ you shouldn’t pay for what you don’t use but we should do better than C++.
  • Exceptions may be the exception to the above rule.
  • Memory model which supports threading and thread primitives.
  • Thread primitives support the following models:
    • Pipes (thread safe Queue messaging system)
    • parallel algorithms (parallel reduce, for_each, etc. - see Intel Thread Building Blocks)
    • simple atomic increment/decrement for shared structures (ref counting for immutable objects and copy-on-write)
  • Full compile time introspection (runtime introspection as a library).
  • Support the C linkage model
  • “Semantic Spaces”
  • Library versioning (part of semantic spaces?)
  • Value semantics
  • Some level of concept support
  • Indexed types (Not quite sure how to build this)
  • Functions (with state) are first class
  • Simple EBNF based grammar