Programming Language Jam & Grant
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TheDrone7 (1335)

Update: The jam started. Read the kick-off post.

Introduction

We all use different programming language for our own different reasons or purposes but all (if not most) of us find some or the other thing we don't like about the language anyways.

Now is the time to use your wildest ideas and create your own ideal language for everyone to use! We're announcing the programming language jam and a $10,000 grant to a team that designs and prototypes a new language with emphasis on fresh and possibly wild ideas. The winning language will also get added to Repl.it, where anyone can quickly start using it to code. We’ll have prizes for individual category winners too.

The hackathon starts on August 10th and runs until August 31st. To enter, you have to create a Repl.it Team when registration opens with a minimum of two team members. Registration will open on August 1st. To be notified when registration opens, leave your email here.

Judges

The hackathon will be judged by:

Mary Rose Cook - whose language experimentation spans toy Lisp interpreters to programming environments for kids.

Jordan Walke - the creator of React.js and the Reason programming language.

TBD: we're looking for more judges. Specifically people who are interested in wild programming language ideas. Reach out to on Twitter or via E-Mail ([email protected]) to apply as a judge.

FAQ

Check out the blog post for details

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Highwayman (1358)

I honestly just become sadder every time I see another jam xD like how would I even begin....

DynamicSquid (3606)

@Highwayman same... I might not join this one

Highwayman (1358)

@DynamicSquid hmmm... *glances at Night* really? tbh I thought you were pretty well along...

DynamicSquid (3606)

@Highwayman yeah i guess, but to join you need a team, and honestly I would make a terrible team member. all the times I tried working with a team failed...

DynamicSquid (3606)

@Highwayman but if I do find a team, I guess I'll join?

Highwayman (1358)

@DynamicSquid ooo wait wait... I have an idea. @rediar was asking literally for someone basically to just e a stand in so that he could join the competition and work by himself. what if we just get a bunch of ppl to join together and have us each work individually on a lang so we don't have to all work together and then as a group we can just pick a random one to be the one that we actually toss in the competition?

DynamicSquid (3606)

@Highwayman ArE wE hAcKiNg ThE sYsTeM?? interesting... but I think that kinda defeats the entire purpose of the competition...

Highwayman (1358)

wHY oF coURsE
true lol. I should have thought of that :/ XF @DynamicSquid

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@Highwayman Well, I also have no experience. And I believe I'm doing pretty good. So far, I've been using the website https://craftinginterpreters.com/ The site contains an e-book that will guide you on how to make your interpreter with Java, and then with C. I recommend starting with the C section, as the Java version is extremely slow. It takes 72 seconds to execute a basic program, not ideal for longer programs.

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@DynamicSquid Could I join your team? I'm pretty flexible with my schedule, so I could match up with your timings...

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@Highwayman Sorry if I don't understand, but what do you mean?

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@Highwayman Oh, Thanks! I hope you enjoy the book, it has some pretty good illustrations!

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@Highwayman BTW Do you want to be Langauge Jam partners?

Highwayman (1358)

Ehh I’m in a toght spot rn, so at best I’d just be basically a stand in( meaning I wouldn’t really be coding, if just be an extra man to help you qualify as a team...) @quasiparticle

Highwayman (1358)

:P ye I’m taking a class to do this’ll be interesting.... lol. @quasiparticle