The ToolDef language features the following concepts:

  • Simple and intuitive syntax makes it easy to writing scripts.

  • A large number of built-in data types, including booleans, integers, longs, doubles, strings, lists, sets, maps, tuples, and objects.

  • Static typing allows to catch simple mistakes.

  • The type system is compatible with Java, allowing easy integration with existing Java code.

  • A large library of useful built-in operators and tools, including tools to write to the console, to start applications or execute other ToolDef scripts, to manipulate paths, to interact with files and directories, and to manipulate data of the various supported data types.

  • Easy to extend with new tools, written in ToolDef itself, or in Java.

  • Tools can be parameterized with types.

  • Tools can be overloaded.

  • Tools can have optional parameters.

  • Tools can have a variable number of arguments.

  • Tool invocations can use both positional and named arguments.

  • Tools can return a single value, multiple values, or no values at all.

  • Automatic type widening.

  • Type declarations allow for reuse.

  • Value semantics for ease of use.

  • The usual imperative statements, including assignments, tool invocation, if statement, for statement, while statement, return statement, exit statement, break statement, and continue statement.

  • Powerful assignment statement, including partial variable assignment, and multi-assignments.

  • Variable declarations as statements, allowing variables to be declared in the middle of scripts, or in scopes, such as in bodies of for statements.

  • Powerful for statement, allowing tuple unpacking, and iteration over values of various data types.

  • A powerful import mechanism, allowing reuse of scripts, tools, and code.

  • A registered library mechanism, allowing easy importing of libraries of tools.

  • Platform independent path handling, allowing a single script with relative paths to be executed on Window, Linux, and macOS.

For more information, see also the language reference documentation.

The ToolDef tooling features:

  • Platform and machine independent execution of ToolDef scripts, on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS.

  • Command line execution.

  • Tight integration with the Eclipse IDE.

  • User-friendly error messages.

For more information, see also the tool documentation.