Dragon/Lessons/HelloWorld

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Hello World[edit]

The following program prints the "Hello World" message on the screen (std-out).

	show "Hello World"

Run the program[edit]

To run the program, save the code in a file (for example: hello.dgn), then from the command line or terminal, run it using the Dragon Interpreter:

	dragon -r hello.dgn

Multi-Line literals[edit]

Using Dragon we can write multi-line literals, as in this example:

	show "
		Hello 
		Welcome to the Dragon programming language
		How are you?

	    "

You can write showln to append a newline to the output:

	showln "Hello"
	show "hi"

Getting Input[edit]

You can get input from the user using the readln() method:

	select "std"
	
	showln "Enter your name" 
	a = readln()
	show "Hello " + a

No Explicit End For Statements[edit]

You don't need to use ';' or ENTER to separate statements. Some lines in the previous program that were separate can be combined on one line:

	select "std"
	
	showln "Enter your name"
	a = readln()  show "Hello " + a

Writing Comments[edit]

We can write single-line comments and multi-line comments.

The single-line comment starts with //

Multi-line comments are written between /* and */

	select "std"
	
	showln "Enter your age"                         
	a = readln()           // print message on screen and get input from the user
	show "Age: " + a       // say hello!
	
	// show "Bye!"

.. note:: Using // to comment a line of code is just a coding style.