From Javascript

This guide will help you learn Dark if you're familiar with Javascript.

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Comments

In Javascript, you use a // to start a single line comment, or /* and */ to wrap a multiline comment.:

// This is a comment
/* This is
also a
comment */

In Dark, you use a let _ = to start a comment, and you write the comment as a String:

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Strings

In Javascript, you can write a String in multiple ways:

"This is a string"
'This is also a string'

In Dark, you always use double quotes: from-python/string.png

Functions

In Javascript, you use the function keyword to define a function:

function helloWorld(){
return "Hello World";
}

and you call a function with the function name, followed by parentheses:

helloWorld();

In Dark, you create a function from the sidebar:

from-python/functionside.png

This will open a new function in the function space, where you can define the name of the function and its contents:

from-python/function.png

Standard Library/Built-in Functions

Javascript defines a set of built in functions that are called like this:

// This returns 2 to the power of 2.
Math.pow(2,2)

Dark has a set of built in functions as well, which can be accessed via the autocomplete:

from-python/power.gif

If/Else statements

In Javascript, you would write an if statement like this:

var a = 5
var b = 10
if (b > a) {
return "b is greater than a";
}
else if (a == b) {
return "a and b are equal";
}
else
return "a is greater than b";

In Dark, the same statement would look this this:

from-python/ifs.png

Note that we highlight the path your code takes - so if we were to change the values, a different piece of the If statement would be highlighted:

from-python/ifs2.png