Tamarin is a fast and flexible embedded scripting language for Go projects.
Why Choose Tamarin?
Tamarin may be a great fit for your project if any of this is valuable to you:
- General purpose: Work with JSON, HTTP, database connections, and more.
- Fast: The fastest pure-Go scripting language (as of June 2023)
- Familiar: Friendly syntax for Go and Python developers.
- Expressive: Easily express lists, maps, sets and transformations on them.
- Pipe expressions: Quickly create processing pipelines.
- Customizable: Add your own types and built-in functions.
- Single binary: The Tamarin binary includes built-in libraries and packages.
Tamarin is designed to be versatile and accommodate a variety of usage patterns:
REPL: Tamarin offers a Read-Evaluate-Print-Loop (REPL) that you can use to interactively write and test scripts. This is perfect for experimentation and debugging.
Library: Tamarin can be imported as a library into existing Go projects. It provides a simple API for running scripts and interacting with the results, in isolated environments for sandboxing.
Executable scripts: Tamarin scripts can also be marked as executable, providing a simple way to leverage Tamarin in your build scripts, automation, and other tasks.
API: (Coming soon) A service and API will be provided for remotely executing and managing Tamarin scripts. This will allow integration into various web applications, potentially with self-hosted and a managed cloud version.
A common use case for embedded scripting languages is to make an application dynamically configurable, without the need for a recompile. In this case, an embedded scripting language can provide a way to load and run configuration scripts at runtime.
Hot-reloading and Modularity
In large applications, being able to dynamically load, execute, and unload scripts while the application is still running can lead to more modular code and a faster development cycle. Tamarin can offer a flexible way to achieve this.
If you want to provide a way for users to customize your application's behavior or extend its functionality, Tamarin can be a good choice. Setups like this are seen in many video games and software tools that provide APIs for modders and plugin creators.
Tamarin can be used for quick prototyping within your Go application. Thanks to streamlined syntax and faster development cycles, this can be a great way to implement a first version of new features. Later, if the feature is well-received, the Tamarin code can be easily transformed into raw Go as needed.
Interacting with Different Environments
Tamarin is convenient for working with different environments like OS commands, web APIs, and databases. Because Tamarin has excellent libraries built-in, you can jump right to the interesting work without spending time researching third party libraries.
Scripting languages are often used as "glue code". Tamarin is handy for stitching together different systems due to its lightweight nature. Running a Tamarin script (instead of compiling a Go binary) is great for small integration tasks to support a larger application written in Go.
Head over to Quick Start for information on how to start using Tamarin.