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  • Shlomi Fish
    One day I was searching for the list of computer languages on Google to see if a name I thought of for a programming language was already taken. I came across
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      One day I was searching for the list of computer languages on Google to see
      if a name I thought of for a programming language was already taken. I came
      across Wikipedia's list of them:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_programming_languages

      Which has an alphabetical list:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabetical_list_of_programming_languages

      Now on the Alphabetical list, I found a link to the list of BASIC dialects:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BASIC_dialects

      This list is extremely long and exhaustive.

      Another list I found is the list of estoric programming languages:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_esoteric_programming_languages

      Where I found Var'aq, which is a programming language written in Klingon:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Var'aq

      One of the categories the latter belonged to was the Non-English-based
      programming languages:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Non-English-based_programming_languages

      Now, this time I found an omission: Bsisith, a dialect of BASIC written in
      Hebrew. So I added it:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bsisith

      I also added it to some categories and to the list of BASIC dialects. It's
      still a very short article, as I have little information about it, so if
      anyone of you know more about Bsisith, please add more information there.

      The English Wikipedia has a long article about BASIC:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC

      The Hebrew version, OTOH is just a short stub:

      http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC

      Due to the nostalgic feelings I have for BASIC, I'd like to translate sections
      from English to the Hebrew article, but naturally could use some help. (I
      already translated some sections about Perl).

      On the IRC I was told that someone recalled a version of BASIC written using
      the Cyrillic alphabet, with keywords in Russian. I could not find it in
      Wikipedia, so if anyone has more information about it, please fill it in
      there.

      ---------

      While I was in the neighbourhood, I checked the Perl page and stumbled upon
      a page about Perl's JAPHs:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_another_Perl_hacker

      JAPHs are Perl programs that print "Just another Perl hacker" in various
      clever ways. One can find there a JAPH that is composed entirely of letters
      and whitespace:

      <<<<<<<<<
      not exp log srand xor s qq qx xor
      s x x length uc ord and print chr
      ord for qw q join use sub tied qx
      xor eval xor print qq q q xor int
      eval lc q m cos and print chr ord
      for qw y abs ne open tied hex exp
      ref y m xor scalar srand print qq
      q q xor int eval lc qq y sqrt cos
      and print chr ord for qw x printf
      each return local x y or print qq
      s s and eval q s undef or oct xor
      time xor ref print chr int ord lc
      foreach qw y hex alarm chdir kill
      exec return y s gt sin sort split
      >>>>>>>>>

      And a JAPH that only uses punctuation:

      <<<<<<<<
      `$=`;$_=\%!;($_)=/(.)/;$==++$|;($.,$/,$,,$\,$",$;,$^,$#,$~,$*,$:,@%)=(
      $!=~/(.)(.).(.)(.)(.)(.)..(.)(.)(.)..(.)......(.)/,$"),$=++;$.++;$.++;
      $_++;$_++;($_,$\,$,)=($~.$"."$;$/$%[$?]$_$\$,$:$%[$?]",$"&$~,$#,);$,++
      ;$,++;$^|=$";`$_$\$,$/$:$;$~$*$%[$?]$.$~$*${#}$%[$?]$;$\$"$^$~$*.>&$=`
      >>>>>>>>

      Isn't Perl a wonderful language? ;-)

      I don't understand them but they both work.

      ---------

      I also found a page about FUBAR:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fubar

      It points to SNAFU:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNAFU

      Which in turn contains a list of other Army acronyms including my favourite
      "DILLIGAD" (= "Do I look like I give a damn?").

      Enjoy!

      Regards,

      Shlomi Fish

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      95% of the programmers consider 95% of the code they did not write, in the
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