What scripting language should I use

Jari-Matti Mäkelä jmjmak at utu.fi.invalid
Fri Dec 15 05:04:42 PST 2006

Kirk McDonald wrote:
> Jari-Matti Mäkelä wrote:
>> I've decided to create my next big game in D. It will be a rpg using D
>> in the lower level stuff and an integrated scripting language for the
>> game logic. Now, the only thing I'm not sure about is the scripting
>> language. It needs to be object oriented / functional and somewhat
>> portable (linux & windows).
>> I've searched the dsource site. There is already more or less complete
>> support for
>>  - python (pyd)
>>  - ecmascript (dmdscript, walnut)
>>  - minid
>>  - lua (bindings lualib, dlua)
>>  - squirrel (bindings)
>>  - euphoria (freudo)
>>  - lisp (dlisp)
>> Maybe there are other production ready implementations not listed here?
>> It seems the pyd, minid and dmdscript projects are well maintained.
>> The best option would be to fully integrate the scripting engine to my
>> game. Using it via the C ABI should be ok, but requires a bit extra work.
>> Which one should I take. I don't want to end up using vaporware. The
>> miniD projects looks interesting. I know dmdscript works, but I think
>> those other languages might be better suited for my game.
> There are perhaps three things to be aware of if you're considering
> using Pyd:
> 1) Linux support is still missing. I get the impression a new GDC
> release is close, and it is my hope that this will change at that time.
> It's worth pointing out that CeleriD (Pyd's build system) already works
> in Linux for building extensions written to the raw Python/C API.
> 2) At the moment, Pyd is written from the standpoint of writing
> extensions to Python in D, rather than embedding Python in D. This is
> not to say Pyd wouldn't be helpful if you wanted to embed Python in your
> D code (at the very least, Pyd has the most up-to-date bindings for the
> Python/C API), but your code will essentially just be using the raw C
> API for many things.
> 3) I'm still cramming features into Pyd at a decent clip. I don't expect
> the existing API to change much, but be aware that new features are
> being added about as fast as I can think of and implement them.

1) Thanks for the info. Linux support is one of the most important

2) ok

3) yes, I have noticed <g>. You've done excellent job with Pyd.
Hopefully it (the template stuff) can serve as a basis for other
scripting languages too, e.g. Ruby.

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