Artificial languages for instructing computers to do steps of computation in order to complete tasks. They allow programmers to communicate with computers.

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What happened to VM based deployments?

Watched some MountainWest RubyConf 2014 talks and noticed an interesting theme. Many dynamic programming environments back in the old days used to be self-contained VM images, e.g. SmallTalk, ...
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Why can we not insert into files without the additional writes? (I neither mean append, nor over-write)

This occurs as a programming language independent problem to me. I have a file with the content aaabddd When I want to insert C behind b then my code needs to rewrite ddd to get aaabCddd Why ...
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Why must essential mutable derived data have an inverse function?

I was reading the paper Out of the Tar Pit authored by Ben Moseley and Peter Marks when I came across the following section on page 25 regarding essential mutable derived data: Essential Derived ...
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Using JavaScript to find the correct offset in bundled files

I am currently making multiple parsers using PEGjs and have implemented my own partial preprocessor which using a RegExp finds and replaces '#include' directives with the desired files, resulting in a ...
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What made BASIC profitable? [closed]

In the 1970s, a man called Bill Gates developed an interpreter for BASIC: the Altair BASIC. Per my understanding, he was able to persuade the guy in charge of a microcomputer company to include the ...
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What's the reason of choosing PascalCasing over camelCasing or vice versa from a programming language design POV?

I like both but I notice languages that use camelCasing for members sometimes need more adjustments when you want to edit your code. For example (in Python): node.customData() vs ...
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Why do higher level languages have neither xor nor nand short-circuit operators?

While many higher level languages have bitwise (exclusive or) and bitwise (exclusive and), for instance C, C++, Java, etc. I'm curious why the ( vastly more useful ) logical short-circuit operators ...
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Is a language that provides more abstractions to use it's own API, considered higher-level than a language that doesn't? [duplicate]

Consider two programming languages: Both run on a VM, have the same amount of abstraction levels between the programmer and the OS and CPU, etc. The only difference is inside the languages themselves ...
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Left and Right most Derivation

So i understand the semantics of derivations as far as Backus Naur Form goes. One thing I cannot find in any text book or the various lecturers' notes that are on-line is this. When would a right ...
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Derivations in BNF

I get how to do a derivation of a BNF. My text books do a good job of explaining it (much better than the on-line lecture notes of many profs etc). Example below then my questions: <program> ...
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Is a programmer professionality bound to the language? [closed]

I hear people saying that "a true programmer is not bound to a programming language, because programming goes beyond that", and albeit agreeing on the premise, i consider my professionality pretty ...
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Why were default and static methods added to interfaces in Java 8 when we already had abstract classes?

In Java 8, interfaces can contain implemented methods, static methods, and the so-called "default" methods (which the implementing classes do not need to override). In my (probably naive) view, there ...
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Disadvantages of scoped-based memory management

I really like scope-based memory management (SBMM), or RAII, as it is more commonly (confusingly?) referred to by the C++ community. As far as I know, except for C++ (and C), there's no other ...
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Are there programming languages that their programs don't run on a VM or natively, but rather on an interpreter? [closed]

In this question I presented an idea I have for a simple programming language. The way programs written in this language will be run, is inside an interpreter written in Java, which will interpret the ...
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Virtual machine for a high level programming language vs an operating system

It struck me recently that a virtual machine for a high level programming language is very much like an OS. It manages resources, e.g. stack, heap, etc. similar to how an operating system manages ...
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Regarding interpreters

I understand that an interpreter could do one of the following things (and probably more): Execute programming-language source code directly. First translate the source code to some intermediate ...
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Creating a very basic compiler using Java

I want to try and create my own very basic language, with it's very basic compiler. All using Java. For now, it will only need to enable to 'programmer' to print things to the screen. I had an idea ...
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What negative consequences can arise from this language design rule?

Clarification: the rule is meant to prevent accessing variables that are not declared yet. Clarification 2: the rule mandates that the compiler follows calls to functions which are defined in the ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of PHP/Ruby [closed]

I've been a front-end developer for about two years now, and I'm attempting to break into the server side of things. Ideally I'd like to work for a startup social network on the back-end side so I ...
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Why can't we program without compiling (using an IDE/debugger)? [closed]

I find it very interesting that even people who design a particular framework still have to rely on compiling to ensure the code is correct. I don't mean for 100s of lines of code, but 2-10 lines. I ...
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Is procedural programming the root of all object oriented evil? [closed]

If you read Working Effectively with Legacy Code, Clean Code, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code and Design Patterns you will get what I mean. Many of the examples and topics ...
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Is there a web-specific reason for the design choices behind the JavaScript language?

With the advent of "the web is the platform", JavaScript is fast becoming the most widely used programming language in the world. However, many tasks that are easy to accomplish in other modern ...
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Is there a practical use from learning Brainfuck? [closed]

Brainfuck is an esoteric programming language created in 1993 by Urban Müller. It was designed to challenge and amuse programmers, and was not made to be suitable for practical use. But still, it ...
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Pythonic version of Java interfaces

I fully acknowledge that Python and Java are different programming languages and should be used differently. That said, "Program to an interface, not to an implementation" is good language-agnostic ...
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What are the advantages of pass by value?

I always thought pass by value is a legacy from the early languages, because the designers had never seen anything else. But after seeing the brand new languages like Go adapting the same principle ...
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If a variable containing a function gave the function's return instead of a reference to the function, what would an array of functions return? [closed]

I'm creating a prototype scripting language similar to something like Javascript. In my language, every single reference to a variable is actually a function call (a getter function), whether it has ...
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Why are scientific programming languages so weird? [closed]

It seems to me that programming languages meant for use in science and engineering are consistently weird compared to general-purpose languages. Some examples off the top of my head: In Matlab, each ...
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Mixing declarative & imperative code (Implicit 'unit tests' ?) [closed]

Well I'm no expert, but as a student, I'm curious about languages and their design patterns / goals. I'd like to know, whether there are any points I miss in the following examples, and why ...
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High-Level SQL Interoperability

In a server -> client scenario, wouldn't it be simpler and faster to grant a public user access to a Stored Procedure rather than using web services (XML, REST, SOAP, etc) and other interoperable ...
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Is Python suitable for a statistical modeling application looking over thousands of past events?

I'm currently working on a project with a partner where we analyze large datasets of past sporting events. There are approximately 30,000 events per year and we have historical data for five years. ...
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Is there a name for the 'break n' construct?

In a conversation earlier this week I was discussing certain language features, and I realized I don't have a good word / phrase to describe a particular feature. Some languages, such as PHP, have a ...
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Why is PHP's method of comparing different types bad?

I'm working on designing a new programming language and trying to decide how I will do variable comparisons. Along with many different types of languages, I've used PHP for years and personally had ...
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How to ensure method finishes running before being run again

I'm new and I am trying to figure something out. I have a simple program which executes a method either when an event happens or when my timer ticks. Lets just say the method takes 5 seconds to ...
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What rationale is used when programming language designers decide what sign the result of modulo operation takes?

Going through Modulo operation (the avenue I entered while exploring the difference between rem and mod) I came across: In mathematics the result of the modulo operation is the remainder of the ...
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Are there any ultra high level languages out there? [closed]

Historically a HLL is something like C, Fortran or Pascal and a VHLL is something like Ruby or Python. I am familiar with the terms 4GL, 5GL, DSL and LOP, and those who aren't should read Wikipedia ...
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Parser and interpreter knowledge as a way to gauge programmer ability [closed]

This is only anecdotal evidence but from my past encounters with programmers at various workplaces the programmers that understand the fundamentals of parsing and interpreting seem to be overall ...
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Is good Grammar a prerequisite for your development team?

I understand that this may be primarily opinion based, but I also think it is an interesting question and would like to hear others' viewpoints on the subject. I recently became the senior developer ...
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Syntactic Sugar for old languages

I first learned about the existence of syntactic sugar languages, like CoffeeScript and SASS while working in Rails. This got me thinking... why do we not have well-known (if any at all) syntactic ...
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Optimizing mindmaps by finding the least amount of redundancy

When using mindmaps, you order them based on how you think it fits best. So for instance (tab means subtree) requirements dinner food forks spoons breakfast food forks this ...
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Do any object-oriented programming languages support “collective constructors”?

I was recently considering that sometimes several objects depend on each other (e.g. if they contain cyclic references) and therefore it would be useful to create them as part of one atomic operation ...
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Can you apply the same lexer rules to all programming languages?

I'm trying to understand the theory behind a lexer with the purpose of building one (just for my own fun and experience and to compensate for not taking proper CS courses :)). What I have yet to ...
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How do you move beyond code examples without a project?

I am currently learning Scala and I find a mental blog of how to proceed to a degree where I can use Scala daily beyond the normal examples. I just do not have a particular project in mind of what I ...
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proposed algorithm and representation of an algorithm

What is the difference between an ambiguity in a proposed algorithm and an ambiguity in the representation of an algorithm? I have done some research and found out that ambiguity in the ...
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Is there any specific reason to use “else if” clause?

We all use if ..else if.. else. But still I'm confused as to why we use else if. Where if does the same thing as else if. So why are we using else if? Any specific reasons behind this? Is there ...
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Programming Languages “Higher Level” Than Python [closed]

In general, I have been presented with these sorts of heirarchies for programming language abstraction: Assembly < C < C++ < Java < Python where C abstracts less than C++ and so on. You ...
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Is there any practical algorithm / data-structure that can't be done with non-recursive Lambda Calculus augmented with foldl?

In my search for a practical non-turing complete programming language, I've been paying attention to lambda-calculus with disallowed self-application - that is, x x forbidden. After taking that ...
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C# gadgets overloading the form (can't see the woods for the trees) [closed]

I have the task of taking over a C# program that is very badly written, however I am new to C#. The form has many objects including labels, buttons, panels, etc, which overlap each other. The form is ...
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Why most “well-known” imperative/OO languages allow unchecked access to types that can represent a 'nothing' value?

I have been reading about the (un)convenience of having null instead of (for example) Maybe. After reading this article, I am convinced that it would be much better to use Maybe (or something ...
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Why do programming languages encompass so much? [closed]

Programming languages are not just language. Each one tends to have: Its own IDEs, Its own package managers, Its own set of libraries, Its own build tools, Its own data formats. If you are writing ...
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What's the best approach to studying Open Source projects or any large codebase? [duplicate]

There is a Open Source project which I need to use in my project. All other functionality is built on top of it. I am new to programming and find it very daunting. There are a lot of Open Source ...