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Sir Penguin
05-06-2003, 07:59:41
The popular C programming language is a descendant of B (http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/bintro.html), which is best known as the precursor to C.

B was descended from BCPL, which is supposed to be the first language in which a "Hello, world!" program (http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_world_program) was written.

BCPL's direct ancestor was CPL, which Combined the scientific focus of FORTRAN and the business focus of COBOL. CPL stands for C Programming Language. It was, in turn, descended from a language called Alcohol or something, which is responsible for begin end delimitation. Aw hell, I'm done.


Sir Penguin
05-06-2003, 08:16:23
Next week, INTERCAL!

DO ,1 <- #13
PLEASE DO ,1SUB#1 <- #234
DO ,1SUB#2 <- #112
DO ,1SUB#3 <- #112
DO ,1SUB#4 <- #0
DO ,1SUB#5 <- #64
DO ,1SUB#6 <- #194
DO ,1SUB#7 <- #48
PLEASE DO ,1SUB#8 <- #22
DO ,1SUB#9 <- #248
DO ,1SUB#10 <- #168
DO ,1SUB#11 <- #24
DO ,1SUB#12 <- #16
DO ,1SUB#13 <- #214


05-06-2003, 18:58:31
Don't forget APL or PL/I
I discovered an interesting theory oday: Every operating system with a "/" is doomed, like OS/2 or CP/M. Bad news for z/OS?

05-06-2003, 19:01:53
When I was at the uni they had a prgramming language PL (IIRC). It only had four statements. +1, if, goto and something else I forgot. The prof that you can write any program in PL, it's as powerful as pascal. We had an PL interpreter (on a PDP-11?!?!) and to find out if 17 is a prime number it took 60 minutes. It is, BTW

Hooray! That was my most geekish post so far.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
05-06-2003, 19:19:46
Hey, don't forget Brainf*ck!


05-06-2003, 20:34:52
Then there’s Malbogle. And of course the awesome Whitespace, already mentioned here.

Scabrous Birdseed
05-06-2003, 20:54:25
Wouldn't it be fun to make our own difficult programming language? I'm thinking each command has to incorporate portions of the previous one in some way. And that each number is actually a redefinable variable. And maybe it should be three-dimentional.

Sir Penguin
06-06-2003, 03:07:35
Hello World in Brainfuck:



Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
06-06-2003, 14:47:35
It's beautiful...

06-06-2003, 15:30:16
This must be stopped!