INTERCAL(ID:585/int010)


(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.


References:
  • Donald R. Woods & James M. Lyon "The INTERCAL Programming Language Reference Manual" view details
    Resources
    • Archive at Retrocomputing

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