Coral is a simple language for learning programming. Coral has a code (text) version and a flowcharts version, representing the same underlying language. This spec is for the code version. Coral’s spec is brief, because the language is simple, but includes the constructs taught in most introductory programming classes (variables, assignments, branches, loops, arrays, functions). Language design decisions are discussed on our philosophy page. See http://corallanguage.org for more.
Declaration and statement constructs
Construct 
Form 
Variable declaration 
[type] [identifier]

Input statement 
[var] = Get next input

Output statement 
Put [item] to output

Assignment statement 
[var] = [arithexpr]

Branch statements 
if [condexpr]
[substatements]
elseif [condexpr]
[substatements]
else
[substatements]

While loop statement 
while [condexpr]
[substatements]

For loop statement 
for [init]; [condexpr]; [update]
[substatements]

Declaration/statement examples and notes
Construct 
Examples and notes 
Variable declaration 
integer numCoins
float numInches
 Valid types: integer, float
 Identifier: Letter followed by any letters, numbers, or underscores
 Can only be at top of function

Input 
x = Get next input

Output 
Put "Hi all" to output
Put x to output
 Output item is usually a string literal or variable (but may be an arithmetic expression)

Assignment 
x = (y + z) / 2
 Left must be a variable, right an arithmetic expression. Arithmetic operators: +, , *, /, %
 Precedence: (), unary , * / %, + , lefttoright

Branch 
if (y  z) < 10
Put "Close" to output
if x < 10
Put "Small" to output
elseif x < 20
Put "Med" to output
else
Put "Large" to output
 elseif is optional, any number OK
 else is optional, must be last
 Conditional expression’s operators: (), ==, !=, , =, and, or, not
 Precedence (high to low): (), not, * / % + , < >=, == !=, and, or

While loop 
while userInput > 0
Put userInput to output
userInput = Get next input

For loop 
for i = 0; i < 4; i = i + 1
Put i to output

Other constructs
Construct 
Form 
Comments 
// [any text]

Arrays 
[type] array([size]) [identifier]

Functions 
Function [identifier]([parameters]) returns [type] [identifier]
[substatements]

Builtin math functions 
SquareRoot
RaiseToPower
AbsoluteValue

Builtin random functions 
RandomNumber
SeedRandomNumbers

Other constructs examples and notes
Construct 
Examples and notes 
Comments 
// Read data
x = Get next input

Arrays 
integer array(5) userNums
float array(5) userVals
x = userNums[3]
y = userNums.size
 Type is integer or float, size must be > 0
 Access uses [ ] notation. Indices are 0 to size1
 userVals.size attribute available.
 size of ? OK, must set size before access. Ex:
integer array(?) userNums
userNums.size = 5

Functions 
Function FtInchToCm(float numFt, float numInch) returns float numCm
numCm = ((numFt * 12) + numInch) * 2.54
 0 or more parameters. 2 or more separated by comma
 0 or 1 return variable. If 0, use:
returns nothing
 Last value in return variable is returned

Builtin math functions 
SquareRoot(9.0) evaluates to 3.0
RaiseToPower(2.0, 4.0) evaluates to 16.0
x = AbsoluteValue(15.2) evaluates to 15.2 
Builtin random functions 
SeedRandomNumbers(5)
x = RandomNumber()
 Setting seed first is optional (default seed is 0)
 Seed typically only set once, at start of program (if at all)

More language details
 All substatements are indented 3 spaces.
 Do not need to specify functions, in which case the program is implicitly in a Main function definition having no parameters and returning nothing. However, if any function is specified, then all code must be in functions, with Main explicitly defined. No global code allowed.
 Arithmetic type conversions
 For an arithmetic operator, if either operand is a float, the other is automatically converted to float, and then a floatingpoint operation is performed.
 For assignments, the right side type is converted to the left side type.
 integertofloat conversion is straightforward: 25 becomes 25.0.
 floattointeger conversion just drops the fraction: 4.9 becomes 4.
 Conditional type conversions are not allowed. Ex:
not 1
is not allowed.
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