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Programming languages that melt your brain

Mar 14, 2009, 01:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"Malbolge: the devil's PHP?
So far, so cuddly. Our next foray into the world of barmy coding is headed for darker things; specifically, a language called Malbolge. This is the single most difficult programming language in the history of existence, and its name is taken from Dante's Inferno, where Malebolge is the eighth circle of hell.

"Legend has it that if you master Malbolge, you'll be able to levitate three feet above the ground, change the weather with a waft of your hand and always lay your hand on your car keys. In fact, we'll give £100 to anyone who can write a Malbolge clone of the Emacs psychotherapist Eliza (m-x-doctor).

"Why are we making such a bold offer? Well, after Malbolge was invented, it took two years for the first program to appear - and it wasn't even written by a human! Malbolge is so horrendously, viciously complicated that anything above simple phrase printing is aeons away from us human beings, and even computer-generated Malbolge programs can't do much more. It's bad. It's ultra, super, mondo, ninja bad."

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