Esoteric language zoo

If you want to find more about the weird ends of this hobby, see retrocomputing or the esolang wiki.

I’m nostly documentning a couple of weird but not completely abstruse ones here.

Iverson and Whitney

Arthur Whitney is i think the creator of the odd ill-explained k and b languages which make impressive claims about performance and unimpressive claims about community, support and longevity. I think they are in the APL lineage as created by Kenneth E. Iverson.


See pure.


The hoary old classic of esoteric languages, about which I am no authority. However, check out this homomorphic encrypt brainfuck machine.


Blogged here so I can remember its name. INTERCAL is that perverted joke language I always forget the name of. Famous for its COME FROM construct to avoid the harms of GOTO.