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GameMonkey Script was written in 2002 by Matthew Riek and Greg Douglas as part of a closed-source project for Auran Development. However, on 12 June 2003 Auran granted license for the full source code of GameMonkey to be released to the public under the MIT License. It is currently being used in commercial and hobby applications on a wide range of machines, from the Windows PC, Apple Mac, and Microsoft Xbox to Sony's PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and various distributions of Linux.
- A cross-platform machine library
- C-style syntax
- A small memory footprint (~50 KB)
- Soft, real-time incremental garbage collection (no reference counting)
- Native threading
- Full implementation of states
- Simple binding with C/C++ code
- Debugger support (with supplied debugger)
Like Lua, the primary data structure in GameMonkey Script is the table. Tables allow for a variety of other data structures to be created; from arrays, sets, hashmaps, lists and records. They can also be used to simulate namespaces and C++ class structures, containing both functions and properties.