That’s a mouthful. Lets break that down:
You can consider Ivory to be a lot like a restricted version of the C programming language, embedded in Haskell.
Ivory is embedded in the Haskell language: this means that Ivory reuses the syntax and type system of Haskell. It is best if you are comfortable with the Haskell language before learning Ivory. In particular, Ivory uses modern extensions to the Haskell language, such as DataKinds and TypeOperators.
Additionally, you can learn Ivory by:
puts :: Def ('[IString] :-> Sint32) puts = importProc "puts" "stdio.h" main :: Def (' :-> ()) main = proc "main" $ body $ do call_ puts "hello, world\n" retVoid
Hello World in Ivory.
In this example, we tell Ivory about an external procedure called
puts procedure takes an
IString (the Ivory type for strings) as an argument, and returns a
Sint32 (a signed 32 bit integer).
Then, we create a procedure called
main which takes no arguments and returns nothing of interest. The procedure body makes a call to
puts, supplying the string
"hello, world\n" as an argument. The underscore in
call_ indicates the result of the procedure is discarded.
After the call, the next statement in
retVoid, which causes the procedure to exit.
fib_loop :: Def ('[Ix 1000] :-> Uint32) fib_loop = proc "fib_loop" $ \ n -> body $ do a <- local (ival 0) b <- local (ival 1) n `times` \ _ -> do a' <- deref a b' <- deref b store a b' store b (a' + b') result <- deref a ret result
An Ivory program for computing Fibonacci numbers using a loop and mutable state
This example is explained in depth in our Ivory Language tutorial.