ASON AltScript Roadmap

ASON AltScript Roadmap

This is an approximate roadmap for the direction of ASON and AltScript.

Near term projects:

  • ASON — A standard C and C++ libraries for the ASON text-to-memory parser and the memory-to-text formatter.
  • ASON-micro — A minimal footprint C library for small devices. Does not include the high-speed memory manager nor formatter.
  • ASON-binary — A library that converts to and from a binary form of ASON. Better for lean embedded systems where memory size matters.
  • AltScript — A high-performance interpreter for ASON code including standard functions for all datatypes, support for network connections, file I/O, encryption, compression, and more.

Long term projects:

  • AltBase — A small, super-fast non-SQL database implemented in AltScript.
  • AltOS — A new OS concept. All configuration and control files, logs, IPC/RPC, command shell, and applications are implemented in ASON and can use AltScript execution and AltBase storage. Applications written in C, C++, and other languages also supported.

20 COMMENTS

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Giovanni

Sounds good.

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François Jouen

Hi Carl, nice to see a new amazing project.

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Bo

I had heard that you were working on something new. Glad to see that it is coming to light! I’m very excited to see where this will lead. AltOS sounds particularly intriguing!

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    carl

    Hi Bo, it’s fun to watch how the word spreads. I didn’t even think this site was getting SE indexed yet.

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JM

Interesting … waiting for more info or binaries 🙂

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Giuseppe Chillemi

It’s great!
I admit the only think I don’t like is array starting at zero but while Rebol target was humans, AltScript target is coders, so I have explained to myself this could be the reason.

Go Carl, go! I hope all the best for your!

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    carl

    Thanks Giuseppe. Yes, zero indexing was a hard one for me to accept, but you guessed the correct reason.

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      Giuseppe Chillemi

      It is still hard for me to accept, as once you start creating DSLs with AltScript, when the DSL will be targetted at common humans, you will have to transpose the indexing from coder style to human style, adding a layer of complexity. But I close my eyes too and say “yes, it is the right choice, we need to be different but not too different!” and I accept it. Having AltScript some common grounds to the target user base is a trick to be adopted seeming similar while being different inside.

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Danny

Hey Carl, i just saw this for the first time and…
WOW. Good ideas all around. I’ve posted a
script i had for years, Rebol-DOM, with the
mdl-parser and believe it or not, i was attempting
to do some things very close to Ason in Rebol.
I’m not the best at programing but i put a lot
of time and thought in getting to the place you
are at now. So since my code may be compatable
to Altscript and Ason, i believe i know what to do
next. Make a new C Rebol Ason = Creation.

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    carl

    Hi Danny, cool to hear about it, and I like your combination of words!

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eFishAntSteve

I’m currently designing a product/application based on JSON where ASON can excel. The benefits of your innovative technologies provide developers like me an efishantsea to compete with otherwise reverse-Moore’s Law, bloated software products.

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    carl

    Hi Steve, great to hear from you again, and I agree!

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crex

Interesting. I’m looking forward reading how you handle redundancy in your collection of objects etc. Inheritance?

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Giovanni

Hi Carl! I can’t wait to see these new projects!! Rebol was an authentic piece of art! I’m also really curious towards AltOS, AltBASE and the concepts behind them. Will ASON/AltScript/AltOS have also support for Webassembly, Node.js and DOM manipulation? All the best!!!

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James

Carl,
Seems like old times, eh? Pekr posted the link to your site in the Red Gitter/chit-chat. Looking forward to working with this “new thang” you’ve gotten yourself into. Blessings to you, Cindy, and family, James

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Ladislav

Hi, Carl. At the Altscript vs Rebol page you wrote:
“Commas as element separators are allowed as long as they are not directly followed by a non-digit character (to avoid confusion with comma-based decimal values.)”
I guess that there is a typo, and that you actually wanted to say:
“Commas as element separators are allowed as long as they are not directly followed by a digit character (to avoid confusion with comma-based decimal values.)”
Good luck!

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Zenja

Carl, may I recommend that ASON allows comments (both single line and block comments) to be supported. This is a one of many JSON flaws.

I do like the direction your going in, I can see this being very useful for many projects.

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Allen

Carl, this make me so happy to see.
Looking forward to where this journey leads.

Cheers,

AllenK

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Giuseppe Chillemi

My reasonings let me think you won’t start from scratch but you will reuse some Rebol 3 source code 🙂 but I may be wrong!

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Alan

Exciting. Will this be usable within a SPA (self contained JS framework app)? Or would it have to be ported to javascript? Or does it live on the server? It would be great to work with data in a web app the way we do with a rebol app.

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