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In this portion of our computer programming language guide, the focus is on the Ring programming language.

Designed by Mahmoud Samir Fayed and developed by the Ring development team, Ring is a dynamically typed, general-purpose programming language that can be embedded in C/C++ projects, extended using C/C++ code, or used as a standalone language.

Ring was inspired by several languages, including Lua, Python, Ruby, C, C#, BASIC, QML, xBase, and Supernova.

Like Lua, Ring is lightweight, embeddable, and extensible. Ring shares Python's readability and natural language feel, although Ring's multi-paradigm approach sets it apart. Both Ring and Ruby are object-oriented languages, prioritizing developer happiness and expressiveness. Ring's ability to embed in the C/C++ project echoes their integration capabilities. Ring's simplicity and educational focus align with the early goals of BASIC, and its declarative style and nested structures are reminiscent of QML. xBase languages, like Clipper and Visual FoxPro, influenced the syntax and familiarity of Ring, and an earlier project by Mahmoud Fayed (Supernova) laid the groundwork for the language's natural language programming ideas.

Supported programming paradigms are imperative, procedural, object-oriented, functional, meta, declarative, using nested structures, and natural programming.

Ring is portable across various platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, WebAssembly, and others.

Among the goals for the language's development, were productivity and scalability. Fayed was also interested in developing a language that would be useful in education, as a general-purpose language, and in Programming Without Coding Technology (PWCST).

Ring was designed to enhance developer productivity through a language that facilitates natural language creation, making coding feel more intuitive and efficient. From small utilities or large-scale solutions, Ring was designed to be adaptable to varying project sizes. Due to its simplicity, Ring is suitable for educational purposes, introducing new programmers to compiler and Virtual Machine (VM) concepts without overwhelming them. The language is also not limited to a particular niche but is designed to create domain-specific libraries, frameworks, and tools.

Ring plays a role in the evolution of PWCST software, where it simplifies software development.

Ring is a versatile language, and can be used to create console applications, GUI applications, web applications, and mobile applications, as well as in the development of 2D and 3D games. When embedded with C/C++, it can be used in embedded systems.

Other notable features of the Ring programming language include dynamic typing, embedded capabilities, rich paradigm support, cross-platform, readability syntax, and DSL creation.

As a general-purpose language, Ring can be used for several purposes, although ideal applications for the language include rapid prototyping, scripting, educational tools, GUI development, game scripting, web development, and mobile applications (particularly on Android).

In summary, Ring is a versatile language that bridges the gap between natural language and code, empowering developers to create expressive, efficient solutions.



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