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In the last post, I mentioned the two top priorities for the project: refining the design of the oil language by automatically converting shell programs to it, and fleshing out the runtime portion of the shell and spec test suite.
In this post, I outline more things to do. I'm sure I'll end up dropping some of them for lack of time, but it won't hurt to publish a TODO list.
This is work that I expect to be spread out over a period of time.
array[i + 1]=x
a=(=x [i + 1]=y)(can be an indexed array or associative array)
letkeyword, an alternative to
echo. The algorithm for when to glob is probably something like: look for
?, and balanced
. Research how other shells do it. Add options like
set -o nullglob.
C++ port. The current plan is to write each component in a sublanguage of Python, and then, using the Python AST module, write very specific translators to C++. Explaining this will take a few blog entries.
core/id_kind.pyis easily translated to a big set of enums and strings.
osh/lex.pywill be done with re2c.
core/*_node.py). I may use Python as something like Zephyr ASDL, which the Python interpreter itself uses. Stretch goal: export the AST to OCaml for things like unused and undefined variable analysis.
Add functionality equivalent to Awk and Make. To limit the scope,
I don't think I will automatically translate them, in the style of
Justification: relative to shell, there's much less Awk code in the wild. Sometimes Make is written by hand, but it's often generated by autoconf or CMake.
Interactive shell -- I want to have this bootstrapped in the oil
language, adding C bindings to libraries like
User-defined completion functions are probably the first use case for an
I could add more, but that's enough of the TODO list for now.
Since releasing the code, I made some big changes to the enums used in tokens and nodes.
And I'm currently working on polishing the AST format. One issue is that I want to support printing the AST to oil, as well as executing the AST directly. These requirements pull the AST in different directions. I will have more to say on this later.
Tomorrow I will give a roadmap of future blog topics, as opposed to the project design and implementation roadmap in this post.