# Quick Start

## Drawing a triangle

Although being a computer language, Eukleides is rather close to the natural language of geometry. For instance, to draw a scalene triangle, just type the following in your favorite text editor:

A B C triangle draw (A.B.C)

and save it as, say, `triangle.euk`

. Then, within your favorite
terminal emulator, type:

$> eukleides triangle.euk

This creates a file named `triangle.eps`

containing the following
figure:

The first line of this script is a multiple assignment. Such assignments allow
to define the vertices of the most common kind of polygons in a single
statement. Quite often in elementary geometry the actual length of the sides are
not relevant. Using the `triangle`

command without parameters yields
an optimal scalene triangle.

The second line is a drawing statement. The dot operator groups points A, B, and C in a set. The enclosing parentheses are mandatory in order to make the drawing command consider this set as a closed path.

## Another triangle

Eukleides provides ways to define various kinds of geometric objects. For instance, let ABC be a right triangle in B such as AB = 5 cm, and ∠ BAC = 35°. The following script draws ABC and its circumcircle.

A B C right 5, 35° draw (A.B.C) circle(A, B, C) end

It yields the following figure:

Command parameters (as in line 1), contrary to function parameters (as in line
5), are not enclosed in parentheses. When not available the degree symbol may
be replaced by `deg`

. Lines 2 to 5 consist in a drawing block, which
allows to draw several objects without repeating the `draw`

keyword.

## Marking and labelling

Enhancing the figure above with point names and a right angle mark requires the following lines.

label A -135° B -45° C 45° A, B, C right end

We obtain:

Lines 2 to 4 show a convenient way to label points provided they are stored in variables. The additional parameter sets the position of the label with respect to the point. As in line 5, objects in labeling (or drawing) blocks may have optional parameters.