# What is Nit?

Nit is an object-oriented programming language. The goal of Nit is to propose a robust statically typed programming language where structure is not a pain.

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

print "Hello, World!"

# Feature Highlights

Usability

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.

Robustness

Nit will help you to write bug-free programs

  • Strong static typing
  • No more NullPointerException

Object-Oriented

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

# Getting Started

Get Nit from its Git repository:

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

Ensure that dependencies (and recommendations) are installed:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential ccache libgc-dev graphviz libunwind7-dev

Build the compiler (may be long):

$ cd nit
$ make

Compile a program:

$ bin/nitc examples/hello_world.nit

Execute the program:

$ ./hello_world

And now?