These days, it seems that the older languages are new again.
Lisp, Smalltalk, and Erlang are getting a lot attention (yes, they are all much different in age).
I have wondered if another language would be brought out of the attic, and sure enough, it is getting some attention.
I'm talking about APL which is easily the most strange, wonderfully weird language I have ever used (though it has been years).
- It required a special keyboard, and uses characters that are not ASCII. It uses a highly symbolic, mathematical syntax that has been compared to hieroglyphics.
- From what I (vaguely) remember, no explicit loops or conditionals.
- It is common to combine functions using higher-order operators in manner that is so terse, it makes Perl look like English. Think I'm kidding? How about a one-liner that computes Conway's Game of Life.
- Kenneth Iverson won a Turing award for his contributions (of which APL was a major part).
But if you are looking for a new way to think about problems, this is a fascinating option.
Which leads me to a question:
I've been looking for one for some weeks now, but haven't really found anything. Help!
Time permitting, I'd be interested in getting back into APL and possibly blogging a bit (if I can render the character set on here).