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Friday November 15, 2002
06:06 PM

Cryptic Languages

[ #8971 ]
The next person who tells me that perl is a cryptic and obscure lanaguage will be quickly pointed to the K language by Kx

Some examples can be found here

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  • Shazbot! Is K some kinda recycled Teco?
    • K is an APL derivative. Although this looks more like a prefix version of forth...
  • I think the XML parser is beautiful.

  • The next time someone accuses Perl of being like APL (e.g. cryptic, unreadable and write-only), why not cite [perl.org] the defense that APL programmers use:

    APL is Unreadable
    “You know what, Russian is unreadable, I don’t know Russian, so it’s unreadable. If you don’t know it, it’s unreadable.”

    APL is Unmaintainable
    Because APL is unreadable, it’s a write-only language, hence is unmaintainable.