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10 Top Tools for Novelists
The software featured in this article is designed to meet the specialised needs of a budding novelist. There's the finest open source distraction-free tools, software designed to create visual novels, and tools to help capture and visualise ideas.

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Kega Fusion
Kega Fusion is an impressive multi-console emulator created by Steve Snake. The emulator supports most of the Sega consoles, including the GameGear, Genesis (Mega Drive), Master System, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Pico, SG-1000, SG-3000 and SF-7000. Read more


  • PERL
    Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language) is a stable, cross platform dynamic programming language. Read more hot
  • PHP
    PHP is a server-side HTML-embedded scripting language. Read more hot
  • Tcl/tk
    a very simple programming language. If you have programmed before, you can learn enough to write interesting Tcl programs within a few hours hot
  • ActivePerl
    ActivePerl is a quality-assured and ready-to-install Perl distribution for AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows. It is available on DVD or by free download.
  • ActivePython
    ActivePython is the complete, quality-assured and ready-to-install Python distribution for AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows. It is available on DVD or by free download.
  • ActiveTcl
    ActiveTcl is the complete, quality-assured and ready-to-install Tcl distribution for AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows. It is available on DVD or by free download.
  • atli
    Atli is a scripting interpreter program originally targeting at a quick way to develop particular applications scripting language, which can be used from Windows to Linux. Also Atli can be used to write shell-script-like script to do some task.
  • BAIK
    BAIK (Bahasa Anak Indonesia untuk Komputer) is a scripting language with a syntax modeled after Indonesian. BAIK supports arithmatic operations, conditions, arrays, functions, CGI, and TCP/IP networking.
  • Brain
    a new high level scripting language. It is fully object-oriented (everything in Brain is an object from numbers, strings, characters, to lists, files, code, modules etc), and has a prototype-based (as opposed to a class-based) object model. It has a very simple and orthogonal syntax, which looks like something between Smalltalk and JavaScript
  • ccsh
    a scripting language that is intended to be powerful and easy to use for people already familiar with the C language
  • ChaiScript
    ChaiScript is one of the first (and perhaps only) embedded scripting language designed from the ground up to directly target C++.
  • CodeWorker
    CodeWorker is a parsing tool and a source code generator, available in Open Source (distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License) devoted to cover many aspects of the generative programming.
  • Crack
    Crack is a programming language that aims to provide the ease of development of a scripting language with the performance of a compiled language.
  • CreatorX
    CreatorX is a XML based Java scripting language.
  • Crystal
    Crystal is a programming language with a Ruby-inspired syntax, completely free of type declarations, still providing for static checks, and many modern idioms. It allows to bind and invoke C code directly. With a compiler that produces efficient native code.
  • CSL
    C Scripting Language: a powerful and easy programming language available for Windows, OS/2 and Unixish systems. CSL follows the C syntax very closely
    an easy and useful language for IRC bots. This program allows to parse a DAVIS file into another programming language, such as java, c, perl or even irc-script
  • ePerl
    interprets an ASCII file bristled with Perl 5 program statements by evaluating the Perl 5 code while passing through the plain ASCII data
  • execline
    execline is a scripting language, like sh ; but its syntax is quite different from a traditional shell syntax. The execline program is meant to be used as an interpreter for a text file; the other commands are essentially useful inside an execline script.
  • Expect
    Expect is a tool for automating interactive applications such as telnet, ftp, passwd, fsck, rlogin, tip, etc. Expect really makes this stuff trivial. Expect is also useful for testing these same applications. And by adding Tk, you can wrap interactive applications in X11 GUIs.
  • Exscript
    Exscript is a scripting language for automating network connections over protocols such as Telnet or SSH. It is in some ways comparable to Expect, but has some unique features that make it a lot easier to use and understand for non-developers.
  • FDScript
    a scripting language for writing FramerD applications based on R5RS Scheme
  • FScript
    an extremely simple scripting language. Its intended use is as an embedded language in other Java programs
  • ftwalk
    a high level script programming language, very similar to awk, but greatly extended to include a richer type system, object-oriented features, 300+ built-in functions, extensibility through dynamic libraries
  • gnocl
    a gtk / gnome extension for the programming language Tcl. It loosely modeled after the great, easy to use Tk package
  • ink
    Ink is inkle's scripting language for writing interactive narrative, both for text-centric games as well as more graphical games that contain highly branching stories. It's designed to be easy to learn, but with powerful enough features to allow an advanced level of structuring.
  • Inq
    Inq is a dynamic scripting language aimed at the rapid development and streamlined maintenance of enterprise systems.
  • JavaScript
    JavaScript is a superset of the ECMA-262 Revision 3 (ECMAScript) standard scripting language, with only mild differences from the published standard. JavaScript is the Netscape-developed object scripting language.
  • Jint
    a scripting language for Java-based systems. Jint is meant to be an extension of Java programming language geared towards scripting
  • JSPP
    JSPP is an untyped, java-like scripting language designed to be embedded in applications. It's written in C and can be compiled on VC/Win, Tandem (HP Non-Stop), and Linux.
  • LibTPT
    a template scripting language implemented in C++, designed to be integrated with C++ programs. It is intended as a fast, lightweight replacement for fullblown scripting languages, providing an easy interface for embedding TPT scripts in C++ code
  • Lua Filesystem Extension Library
    This extension library provides the filesystem primitives to your Lua scripts, which are missing from the core language. The exported primitives include mkdir, rmdir, stat, chown, chmod, and more.
  • Luban
    a component oriented scripting language. It was created to be easier than Java and to feature namespaces and interfaces
  • Minnow Programming Language
    Minnow is a concurrent programming language with a Ruby-like syntax. It compiles to an executable and uses a companion library to allow fully-rebalanced microthreads. Minnow gains a lot of strength from its actor model, which uses message passing, as opposed to threads and locking, as its concurrency model.
  • Mythryl
    Mythryl is a Linux-centric SML/NJ-derived scripting and application development language with a C-flavored syntax. It is a bit like Perl6 without the vapor.
  • NetRexx
    NetRexx is a programming and scripting language that can support your need to get products to market easier, faster, and at lower costs.
  • newLISP
    newLISP is a Lisp-like, general-purpose scripting language. It has all the magic of traditional Lisp, but is easier to learn and use.
  • Object Rexx
    Object Rexx is an object-oriented scripting language based on its procedural predecessor REXX.
  • ObjectScript
    a high level programming language, and interpreter. Similar to javascript, but designed to address some of the shortcomings of javascript in a large project
  • Pnuts
    Pnuts is a script language for the Java environment. It enables interaction with Java environment, simple GUI scripting, and customization for Java programs.
  • PyHP
    Python Hypertext Preprocessor: allows use of the Python programming language in scripts similar to PHP. PyHP uses the Python 2.0 language to parse elements embedded in an HTML page
  • Regina
    a Rexx interpreter that has been ported to most Unix platforms
  • Ruby
    From Japan: Free, open-source, interpreted, object-oriented, scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming. Much like Python.
  • Ruby/AWS
    Ruby/AWS is a high-level Ruby language interface to the Amazon Associates Web Service API v4. It aims to automate and remove the grunt work of interacting with the Amazon API and, in so doing, make it much easier to use. Ruby/AWS is the successor to Ruby/Amazon.
  • Scriptix
    Scriptix is a light-weight scripting language designed solely for embedding and extending applications.
  • Scriptol
    a human-oriented programming language, universal and portable with multiple back-ends (PHP and C++ for now). It has been designed according to seven rules for power with easysiness
  • Simkin
    a high-level lightweight embeddable scripting language which works with Java™/XML or C++
  • SpaceMapper MN8
    an experimental object oriented scripting language, tightly integrated with the net, which emulates the concepts at the core of XML in order to simplify and make as transparent as possible information extraction and manipulation from the WWW and XML documents
  • SparForte
    SparForte is a scripting language for large projects requiring reliable, scalable code, reduced maintenance time, and strong bug elimination requirements.
  • Tensile
    Tensile (formerly NSL) is a programming language intended primarily for processing text documents in various input formats and in various languages. It is being developed as to be as light-weight as possible, however, providing a possibility to solve a wide range of tasks.
  • The Eagle Project
    Eagle, Extensible Adaptable Generalized Logic Engine, is an implementation of the Tcl scripting language for the Common Language Runtime (CLR). It is designed to be a universal scripting solution for any CLR-based language.
  • The Jim Interpreter
    Jim is an opensource small footprint implementation of the Tcl programming language. It implements a large subset of Tcl and adds new features like references with garbage collection, closures, built-in Object Oriented Programming system, Functional Programming commands, First class arrays. All this with a binary size of 70kb (that can be reduced further excluding some command).
  • tkscript
    a portable "glue" script language for C++ frameworks. It has a C-like syntax but also supports variable return types / relaxed typecasting, virtual machine bytecode compiler / JIT (x86) engine runs script code up to 100 times faster without any noticable startup delay, dynamic C++ class loader for custom extensions
  • Topaz
    Topaz is written in Python on top of the RPython translation toolchain.
  • Unorthodox Scripting Language
    Unorthodox Scripting Language (USL) is an object-oriented scripting language written with C++. Without a script, USL is a programmable command shell. There is no socket programming with USL. USL is for general purpose scripting locally.
  • Visual TCL
    a freely-available, high-quality application development environment
  • Wirbel
    Wirbel is a programming language with a syntax and semantics similar to Python. Unlike Python, it is a compiler language, and compiles into native machine code. Wirbel programs execute very fast and do not need any runtime environment, not even a library.
  • wxBasic
    a cross-Platform Scripting Language
  • X/lang
    a new programming language wich will ease the creation of big applications. By providing a portable set of APIs, you will be able to create CLI or GUI applications runnable on UNIX/X11 and Win32. X/lang come with an interpreter/compiler/debugger
  • YAML
    YAML Ain't Markup Language: a straightforward machine-parsable data serialization format designed for human readability and interaction with scripting languages such as Perl and Python. YAML is designed for data serialization, formatted dumping, configuration files, log files, Internet messaging and filtering
  • zoem
    an interpretive macro/programming language. It can be used as an allround macro language, but has more specialized uses as well. One such specific use is its support for creating small mark-up languages that map to different devices

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