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Language peer sets for INTERCAL:
United States
United States/1972
Designed 1972
1970s languages
Third generation
High Cold War
Genus Other algorithmic
Other algorithmic
Other algorithmic/1972
Other algorithmic/United States
Imperative/United States
Algorithmic/United States


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Country: United States
Designed 1972
Published: 1972
Genus: Other algorithmic

(Allegedly stands for "Compiler Language With No Pronounceable Acronym"). Woods & Lyon, Princeton U, May 26, 1972. The most elaborate and extended joke in the history of language design; claims to have nothing in common with any other major programming language.

Implementations: INTERCAL-72 in SPITBOL for IBM/360; Atari version of unknown date; and C-INTERCAL, a retargetable compiler for Unix by Eric S. Raymond in 1991, which uses C as an intermediate language. The latest C-INTERCAL version adds features like the COME FROM statement and multilingual support including Basque, Nahuatl, Sanskrit and Tagalog.

  • Donald R. Woods & James M. Lyon (1972) Donald R. Woods & James M. Lyon "The INTERCAL Programming Language Reference Manual"
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