Tea (programming language)

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ParadigmMulti-paradigm: Functional, Object-oriented (class-based)
DeveloperJorge Nunes
First appeared1997 (1997)
Influenced by
Tcl, Java, Scheme

Tea is a high-level scripting language for the Java environment. It combines features of Scheme, Tcl, and Java.[1][2]


  • Integrated support for all major programming paradigms.
    • Functional programming language.
    • Functions are first-class objects.
    • Scheme-like closures are intrinsic to the language.
    • Support for object-oriented programming.
  • Modular libraries with autoloading on-demand facilities.
  • Large base of core functions and classes.
    • String and list processing.
    • Regular expressions.
    • File and network I/O.
    • Database access.
    • XML processing.
  • 100% pure Java.
    • The Tea interpreter is implemented in Java.
    • Tea runs anywhere with a Java 1.6 JVM or higher.
    • Java reflection features allow the use of Java libraries directly from Tea code.
  • Intended to be easily extended in Java. For example, Tea supports relational database access through JDBC, regular expressions through GNU Regexp, and an XML parser through a SAX parser (XML4J for example).

Interpreter alternatives[edit]

Tea is a proprietary language. Its interpreter is subject to a non-free license. A project called "destea", which released as Language::Tea in CPAN, provides an alternative by generating Java code based on the Tea code.

TeaClipse[3] is an open-source compiler that uses a JavaCC-generated parser to parse and then compile Tea source to the proprietary Tea bytecode.


  1. ^ Hunter, Jason; Crawford, William (April 3, 2001). Java Servlet Programming: Help for Server Side Java Developers. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". p. 423. ISBN 9780596000400 – via Internet Archive. tea programming language.
  2. ^ Huynh, Khue; Razzaq, Leena (January 1, 2002). "A Distance learning system for Tea programming". Major Qualifying Projects (All Years).
  3. ^ TeaClipse

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