OT: Language for the ages

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Sat Oct 15 15:33:50 CDT 2005


On 10/15/2005 at 1:24 PM Fred Cisin wrote:

>> >APL
>> >It appears to be a subset of Egyption hieroglyphics,
>> >and is obscure enough that there will be few attempts
>> >to program in it by people ungamiliar with the language.
>
>On Sat, 15 Oct 2005, I wrote:
>> Is there any other language that suffers as much from the "one liner"
>> syndrome--that is, the perverse pride of being able to do something
>obscure
>> with a single unreadable line of code?
>> LISP maybe?
>
>C    maybe.
>while(*t++=*s++);

Yeah, but what can compare with this APL sample:

http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/O/one-liner-wars.html

The Perl example seems verbose by comparison.

As a solution to the original topic, has anyone yet suggested INTERCAL?

http://www.catb.org/~esr/intercal/

Cheers,
Chuck






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