Wrapping Up Io

Io is an excellent language for learning how to use prototype-based languages. Like Lisp, the syntax is stunningly simple, but the semantics of the language lend plenty of power. The prototype languages encapsulate data and behavior like object-oriented programming languages. Inheritance is simpler. There are no classes or modules in Io. One object inherits behavior directly from its prototype.


Prototype languages are generally quite malleable. You can change any slot on any object. Io takes this flexibility to the max, allowing you to quickly create the syntax you want. Like Ruby, some of the trade-offs that make Io so dynamic tend to cap the performance, at least in a single thread. The strong, modern concurrency ...

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