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02 December 2005 @ 12:21 pm
Yes, I Are a Geek  
First, take a look at the Whitespace programming language page. This is a couple of years old and may have been sent around before, but I don't recall seeing it.

I would expect the range of reactions to be something from "huh?" on one side up through "heh" and perhaps "chortle" or "that's just not right".

It is the higher order reactions that prove geekdom - not just understanding the subtlety of the parody but also understanding the basic computing paradigm it is based on (essentially a machine code with variable length instructions terminated by a flag).

To know and understand a basic design structure is to Tech.

To use it in bizzare and different ways (lexically unreadable code which is only understandable via comments? No, really?) is Geek.

I bow, oh, yes, I bow.
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Joshua Kronengoldmneme on December 2nd, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've known about it for a long while.

It's a very primitive language (understandable for a language which only has a few characters available to it, and is trying to use them syntactically rather than to mimic a higher-level language) but definately cute.

I was about to suggest that I write a perl source filter that translates ascii text (or rather, a perl program) bidirectionally to whitespace characters, but then I remembered there already was one and googled:

Mandelbearmdlbear on December 2nd, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Totally perverse! I love it.

I first encountered Whitespace several years ago.
madfilkentist: Pensockmadfilkentist on December 2nd, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Alan Turing would have loved it!

But you want evil? Here's an evil thought:

Programmer: Whew! I've finally finished writing that killer application in Whitespace!

Boss: Excellent! We've just run it through the pretty-print formatter. Company policy for all software, you know.
Scott Snyder: Cartoon Beerbardiclug on December 2nd, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
I love it. :)

It's like Obfuscated C, only without all the letters and numbers and stuff. :)

My original computer programming mentor is a winner of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest. Glyn Anderson. Code here
Hint here

Phil Parkertigertoy on December 3rd, 2005 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh my. The Obfuscated C contest has achieved new heights since the last time I looked at it, and it was pretty scary then.
callylevy on December 3rd, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
Thath juth thilly! *wry smile*