Continued work on Jingo 🖥️

An update about the language I've been working on

I’m switching out my previous main project (learning Vue.js by creating a markdown editor) to an older project I have been slowly working on over the last couple of months. It is a large stepping stone in learning compiler development to me and is my first “proper” programming language, Jingo.

The plan for Jingo is to be lightweight (excluding building from source), statically linked, easy to write and simple. I also wanted to write everything 100% myself inside the language to know what everything does and therefore the lexer and parser are hand-written. By simple I mean a very functional and easy-to-use language but not a high degree of syntaxic complexity.


The syntax of Jingo relates back to Python and Lua syntax, borrowing the ergonomics of Python and accidentally inspired class system and simpleness of Lua:

-!- This snippet shows how classes work in Jingo.

--- The breakfast class, providing the main breakfast implamentations found
--- inside of this snippet
class Breakfast;

--- Automatically gets passed `this`
fun { = food;

--- Prints out food for breakfeast
fun Breakfast.print_food() {

var my_breakfast ="cool_food");

my_breakfast.print_food(); -- Will print `Apples` = "Cherries"; -- Change `Apples` to `Cherries`
my_breakfast.print_food(); -- Will now print `Cherries`

I say accidently inspired for objects as I was brainstorming and jotting initial ideas down and eventually ended up with a very lua-like syntax! Here is some basic classes in lua:

-- Meta class
Rectangle = {area = 0, length = 0, breadth = 0}

-- Derived class method new

function Rectangle:new (o,length,breadth)
   o = o or {}
   setmetatable(o, self)
   self.__index = self
   self.length = length or 0
   self.breadth = breadth or 0
   self.area = length*breadth;
   return o

-- Derived class method printArea

function Rectangle:printArea ()
   print("The area of Rectangle is ",self.area)

As you can see, some parts are accidently very similar 😄


I picked the name “Jingo” after having an earworm similar to this song for whatever reason and “jingo” being similar to “jingle jangle”. Once I searched on a dictionary for the meaning of Jingo (as I felt I heard it occasionally in usage), it provided me: extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy which seemed suitable and quite funny for a new programming language with some new concepts.

The definition

Some links to find Jingo-related bits and bobs: