a fun language for serious programming

# What is Nit?

Nit is an expressive language with a script-like syntax, a friendly type-system and aims at elegance, simplicity and intuitiveness.

So, what does the famous hello world program look like, in Nit?

print "Hello, World!"

# Development

The Nit project is currently in alpha stage, at v0.7. It is in active development, moving fast and the APIs are still evolving.

You can follow the development on Github.

# Why Nit?


Nit's goal is to be usable by real programmers for real projects

  • KISS principle
  • Script-like language without verbosity nor cryptic statements
  • Painless static types: static typing should help programmers
  • Efficient development, efficient execution, efficient evolution
  • Easy bindings with C, C++, Java and Objective-C using the FFI
  • Android support in the compiler
  • Smart autodoc, nitdoc, used to document the standard lib


Nit's guideline is to follow the most powerful OO principles


Nit will help you write bug-free programs

  • Strong static typing
  • No more NullPointerException

# Published packages using Nit

# Getting Started

Get Nit from its Git repository:

$ git clone http://nitlanguage.org/nit.git

Ensure that dependencies (and recommendations) are installed:

# Eg. for Debian Jessie (8.0)
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential ccache libgc-dev graphviz libunwind-dev pkg-config
# Older versions of Debian or Ubuntu need `libunwind8-dev` or `libunwind7-dev`

Build the compiler (may be long):

$ cd nit
$ make

Setup your shell environment:

$ source misc/nit_env.sh

Compile a program:

$ nitc examples/hello_world.nit

Execute the program:

$ ./hello_world

And now?