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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Weird Languages1

Weird Languages1

(p.267) Weird Languages1
Software Studies

Michael Mateas

The MIT Press

This chapter revisits the important role of various programming languages in the field of software engineering. Its main theme revolves around weird or esoteric programming languages, used for testing the boundaries of the programming languages. The chapter mentions that weird languages are not meant for any real-world applications, and also explores the dimensions of analysis on which the languages are based. It exploits INTERCAL, a parody and an example of weird programming languages, along with COBOL and FORTRAN. The chapter states that the motto of these parody language designs is to comment on the features and many different aspects of the traditional programming languages.

Keywords:   software engineering, esoteric programming languages, weird programming languages, INTERCAL, COBOL, FORTRAN, parody languages

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