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If you thought that programmers can’t have a sense of humour, then take a look at these programming languages. These are a few most strangely named programming languages.   
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Thursday, December 19, 2013 Programming languages aren’t always meant to write complex codes. Sometimes programmers develop languages that aren’t meant to be used for high level coding. There are some truly bizarre programming languages, which fall under the Esoteric Programming Language or Esolang category. These are languages that have been developed to test a programmers ideas or simply as a joke. Real world usability is perhaps the last things on the developer’s mind in this case.

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INTERCAL: Creators Donald R. Woods and James M. Lyon wanted to create a programming language, which had no similarity to any existing language. The authors say that “the full name of the language is Compiler Language With No Pronounceable Acronym, which for obvious reasons, abbreviated INTERCAL”.

The language was developed in 1972 and it uses redundant and cryptic syntax for simple operations. It’s user manual has directions like, “Caution! Under no circumstances confuse the mesh with the interleave operator, except under confusing circumstances!”

The program’s compiler rejects a program if the program doesn’t have enough PLEASE modifiers and it also uses statements like FORGET and IGNORE.

Whitespace: This is an esoteric language, which uses whitespace characters for its syntax. The language was designed by Edwin Brady an Chris Morris on April Fool’s Day 2003.

Chef: Programs in this language look like cooking recipes. It was designed by David Morgan-Mar in 2002. Stacks in this language are called mixing bowls or baking dishes, while the instructions that manage the stacks are said to be mixing or stirring.

Velato: This language uses MIDI files as its source code. The programs are defined by the pitch and order of notes. The programs in this language can be represented on paper as sheets of music.

Shakespeare: In this language, your program is presented like a Shakespearean play. The first line of the program is the title, while the variables are declared in the Dramatis Personae. Each of the variables must be named after a character from a Shakespearean play. The language was designed by Jon Aslung and Karl Hasselstrom.

Omgrofl: Created in 2006 by one Juraj Borza, this language works on internet slangs. As it evident by the name itself, which is composed of the slangs omg (oh my god) and rofl (rolling on the floor laughing). Variables in this language have to be slangs, like lol, lool, looool and so on. The conditional statement ‘if’ in C is replaced by ‘wtf’ in this language.

Piet: It was named after Piet Mondrian, the geometric abstract painter and has been designed by the designer of Chef. Programming is done through colours.

Befunge: In this language, the programs are arranged on a two dimensional grid, which is known as the playfield. It was created in 1992 by one Chris Pressey, who wanted to make is as tough as possible to compile a program.

Malbolge: If you’ve read Dante’s Inferno, then you would definitely recognise the name of the eight circle of Hell. This programming language was designed in 1998 by Ben Olmstead. This is a step beyond befunge and wants to make it as difficult as possible to write the code itself. The first Malboge program took two years to appear and that too was not written by a human, but a Lisp program.

Brainfuck: This is perhaps the most well known esoteric programming language ever created. The language was created in 1992 by Urban Muller who wanted to design a language that could be implemented using the smallest compiler. Compilers of branfuck have been smaller than 200 bytes. It has only eight commands, which are — > < + _ . , [ ].

Prasid Banerjee, EFYTIMES News Network

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