Puzzle Languages

There is the Alan Perlis quote:

"A programming language that doesn't change the way you think is not worth learning"

Here are a list of languages that I think of as "Puzzle Languages" because they all force you into somewhat mind-bending new paradigms in order to use.

  • Forth
  • Erlang
  • Scheme
  • Prolog

Of these above, Erlang and Scheme are the ones that I would use for general purpose programming.

Here are two others that at least allow interesting thoughts or patterns of use but are somewhat easier to use in that they allow a normal procedural approach:

  • Tcl
  • Awk

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