In this world, it is important to start learning to code at an early age. With courses like Java and Python, learning to program is a breeze. But what happens after you learn those languages? Many programmers are proficient in multiple functional languages, but many also learn other interesting languages on the side. When it comes to picking entertaining programming languages to learn, it can be overwhelming because of the pure quantity of standard languages. Well, there are plenty curious, obscure, and outright fascinating languages that anyone can learn, especially those who are skilled in standard languages. Here are some of the top 5 most peculiar coding languages:
1. Shakespeare Programming Language (SPL):
SPL is an entire coding language with one sole purpose: to make code feel like Shakespearean Plays. Created by Februari, Kalle Hasselström and Jon Åslund, this language revolves around typical Shakespearean shenanigans like insults, spoken word and even playwright terminology.
Based on the famous Dutch artis Piet, this language revolves around the use of geometric shapes. This language is built primarily on the use of stacks, pushing and popping cubes of various colors. The colors consist of 20 varieties, created by different hues and values of certain colors.
Similar to Piet, Befunge is a stack-based language that is built on a 2-dimensional grid. This language tests the limits of traditional syntax found in more common languages. It is definitely more challenging to understand without prior coding experience, but the matrix-based language has an interesting infrastructure.
Ever heard of the LOLCAT meme that flooded the web in the early 2000’s? Well, this coding language is based solely on the LOLCAT’s language, lolspeak. This language’s syntax is unlike any other, and all commands and operations use common terms and emoticons. It carries standard datatypes, but they exist under different names like YARN for String and NUMBR for Integer. Overall, this is definitely an interesting and entertaining coding languages, especially for those who loved the LOLCAT memes.
Chef is a coding language that not only functions as code, but can also serve as a recipe for a delicious dish! Similar to SPL, Chef is made for all functioning programs to look like a recipe straight out of a cookbook. With elements like Recipe Titles, Ingredient Lists, and Cooking Time, Chef is designed to build a lifelike recipe on top of the desired program.
There are so many interesting and entertaining languages out there, all with different structures, syntax, and purposes. There are languages that form recipes and Shakespearean plays, and even imitate internet memes. The possibilities are endless. But, learning these languages can be trying to those with minimal coding experience, so it is important to learn functional languages like Python, Java, and C, because those provide a solid foundation and a path to learning entertaining languages.