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[OT] Ook (was: Re: XBL is (mostly) W3C redundant, and CSS is wrong W3C layer for semantic behavior *markup*)

From: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 16:24:34 +0100
Message-ID: <3E1459B2.4070004@expway.fr>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Shelby Moore <shelby@coolpage.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Dec 2002, Shelby Moore wrote:
>>>So is the brainfuck programming language [1], but that doesn't tell you
>>>ANYTHING about how useful the language is.
>>
>>Being obscene is certainly dramatic, but it doesn't prove any thing
>>regarding whether the Turing complete capabilities can perform
>>complex examples such as the one you present above.
> 
> My apologies, it was certainly not my intent to offend or be obscene.
> Brainfuck is the name of the programming language, there isn't much I
> can do about that.

Brianfuck is a useful example to bring up in such arguments, and an often used 
one, unfortunately it does tend to lead people to be (at least mildly) shocked.

A similarly "interesting" language is Ook[1] which is also Turing complete and 
has a fascinating syntax. It certainly makes your average "Hello World"[2] a lot 
more entertaining. Implementations are available (that I know of) in Perl, 
Python, Ruby, and for .Net.

   [1]http://www.dangermouse.net/esoteric/ook.html
   [2]http://bluesorcerer.net/esoteric/hello.ook

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