The Concepts and Confusions of Prefix, Infix, Postfix and Fully Functional Notations

Larry Elmore ljelmore at
Mon Jun 11 00:11:08 CEST 2007

Twisted wrote:
> On Jun 9, 8:21 pm, "BCB" <b... at> wrote:
>> "Paul McGuire" <p... at> wrote in message
>> news:1181414625.121073.203940 at
>>> On Jun 9, 6:49 am, Lew <l... at> wrote:
>>>>> In particular, Perl code looks more like line
>>>>> noise than like code from any known programming language. ;))
>>>> Hmm - I know of APL and SNOBOL.
>>>> --
>>>> Lew
>>> TECO editor commands.  I don't have direct experience with TECO, but
>>> I've heard that a common diversion was to type random characters on
>>> the command line, and see what the editor would do.
>>> -- Paul
>> J
> Oh come on! Toy languages (such as any set of editor commands) and
> joke languages (ala Intercal) don't count, even if they are
> technically Turing-complete. ;)
> Nor does anything that was designed for the every-character-at-a-
> premium punch-card era, particularly if it is, or rhymes with,
> "COBOL".
> Those have excuses, like it's a joke or it's a constrained
> environment. Perl, unfortunately, has no such excuses. If there were
> such a thing as "embedded Perl", I'd have to hesitate here, but since
> there isn't...

Neither APL nor Snobol nor J are toy or joke languages.

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