Info: it the most difficult current programming language, though not the most difficult possible one. Malbolge, for those not familiar with it, is a language designed to be have so far have expressed an interest in programming in Malbolge!. Malbolge is a programming language invented by Ben Olmstead in , named after the eighth circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno. The name was.

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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. First of all please be aware this post contains some langugae language but I hope it will not bother anyone.

I apologize for the bad language but that’s what the name is. As I’ve been doing documentation on existing programming languages attempting to make a complete list of them I stumbled across terrible programming languages, which were clearly not made for actual use and implementation due to their insane difficulty. My question is – Why do they exist?

What is the purpose of them? Also, is there an official “name” for these type of languages? We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.

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Malbolge: an Esoteric Programming Language

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help centerplease edit the question. Esoteric Programming languages, also known as Turing Tarpits due to the difficulty of writing anything useful with them, are mostly built for fun or to see how far a particular idea can be taken.

Whitespace for instance, privileges a lexical item typically ignored in most languages. Shakespeare on the other hand is designed to mimic Shakespearean Drama. Brainfuck actually has a practical purpose. It is designed to employ the smallest possible compiler at under Bytes. There is a second category of the actual joke languages such as Malebolge and INTERCAL, neither of which is designed to be practical in any way whatsoever and have features that actively make them harder to use.

These languages are created by the creator as some sort of exercise or a way to try something new or even just as a joke.


It is a fun way for a programmer to keep their skills sharp and get internet famous. Esoteric languages are really just mind exercises. Why do crossword puzzles or word jumble puzzles exist?

Paraphrased from Wikipedia’s page on Esoteric Programming Languages:. They are designed as a test of the boundaries of computer programming language design, as a proof of concept, or as a joke.

Malbolge – Wikipedia

There is ,albolge no intention of the language being adopted for mainstream programming, although some esoteric features such as visuospatial syntax have inspired practical applications in the arts.

Such languages are often popular among hackers and hobbyists. Prograamming is rarely a high priority for such languages; often quite the opposite. The usual aim is to remove or replace conventional language features while still maintaining a language that is Turing-complete, or even one for which the computational class is unknown.

Your question answers itself: Occasionally they’re written to make fun of bad decisions in other languages satire. If you are working in language design to begin with, you’ll have a lot of tools for parsing and code generation at your fingertips, so these generally aren’t that hard to implement.

The only reason to actually use one of these is languages is to show that you are in on the joke.

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Because can be worth in designing a language, even if the language is, syntactically, a steaming pile of mythical brontosaurus poo. Take a look at the wikipedia article Esoteric programming languages.

That’s what these languages are called.

Shakespeare and Chef are other nice examples. The reason for writing such a language could be just to see what’s possible or just for the fun of it. I think most of the time they’re pfogramming intended to do serious work with them.

Just enjoy looking at the codes and maybe if you’re into creating programming languages try to understand how they work and how they are implemented.

There are also “jokes” mallbolge you can do in “proper” programming languages. I don’t understand almost none of these languagf and yet they do amazing stuff with them and only just for fun. I think it’s worth adding that the Wiki page doesn’t mention what I consider probably the most interesting esoteric programming language: Unlambda claims to be: Whereas most esoteric languages are just minimalist and fairly ugly, unlambda honestly has some quite interesting concepts albeit, expressed in the ugliest possible ways.

All in all, it’s definitely at least as ugly as most of the others, but from a viewpoint of programming language theory, much more interesting than most. Getting back to the original question about why the exist: Most, however, do represent a fairly serious attempt at some exploration of the bare minimum of features necessary while still being Turing mxlbolge. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. The following program prints “Hello World! Bugster 2, 8 30 Is that because it has so many different instructions you need to learn or because each instruction’s semantics are so complex that they’re impossible to remember?


I do all my development in it and anyone who disagrees and doesn’t follow me is uncool. IIRC, the first Hello World program written in Malbolge had to be created by a genetic algorithm written in some other language.

I’ve found at least one practical use for Malbolge, I used to put it in my CV and if it didn’t come up in the interview I know they didn’t bother to read it thoroughly.

Jetti 4, 1 21 Robert Harvey k 41 Paraphrased from Wikipedia’s page on Esoteric Programming Languages: Yes – “Esoteric Programming Languages”.

True, but that alone doesn’t stand as an answer. Please expand your answer nalbolge provide context for the link, answers are supposed to stand on their own.

YannisRizos Is that better? Here’s an interesting read on why we don’t like link only answersfor further details. YannisRizos Yeah, I know, it just felt pointless in this case to copy straight from Wikipedia, which has a page devoted to exactly what the OP is asking. I do agree that link-only lxnguage are evil, though, so I’ll try to resist the urge in future answers. It is an absurdest sort of thing to do. Or a zen thing maybe.

GolfScript is another pretty popular one – designed with the express purpose of winning Code Golf exercises implement the algorithm in the fewest possible bytes of source code.

Jerry Coffin 40k 5 74 Radu Murzea 1, 1 14 Many of those languages are trivial to implement, and most others are outlandish, unlike any language you’d really want to parse. If you want to implement a language, there are better exercises.