Guide structure and conventions¶
The guide is divided into three parts.
Level 1 covers the language basics. It gives you a fairly complete coverage of all the basics that would be required to write very simple programs.
Level 2 covers the more complex concepts such as modules and classes. It will give you a good foundation for the syntax and mechanics of these concepts without going too deep into how you can use them (there are better books on the topic).
Bonus material will cover miscellaneous topics that are outside of the scope of a language guide. These topics include such things as building and testing Imba programs.
Each section has a Cheats heading which gives an express overview for experienced programmers.
Imba, by default, does not compile with
use strict. The code examples in
this guide will assume
use strict. If you don't know what this means, always
be sure to have
"use strict" as the first line in your Imba files. You can
read more about the strict mode on MDN.
The global object¶
In code snippets, we will use
window as the global object. Keep in mind that
on NodeJS, this object is called
code. The result of the compilation will usually be presented in the same
line or the line below, and will be in the
#>> code... format for brevity.
When the space does not permit, compiled code will be presented as a separate
code block that includes the comment
/*** compiler output ***/ at the top.