APL is a computer language that is distinguished by quite a few unique
symbols. (See the consecutive code points starting at U+2336; the Unicode
3.0 Names index lists other code points.)
One ref.: <http://www.users.cloud9.net/~bradmcc/APL.html>

Although "language" in computer programming has attributes different from
those of a human, spoken (or gestural) language, nevertheless, it does
share some attributes.

I only wanted to call the attention of the Qalam community to a
non-trivial-sized set of unique characters used only in a form of
communication very different from that of ordinary human languages.

APL seem to be uniquely concise; the internal processes that take place in
response to executing only one symbol seem to correspond to a
quite-significant amount of code in other languages, in some instances.
At one time, there was a portable computer that had an APL keyboard, and
executed the language more directly than usual.

Does some computer code written by talented programmers have some of the
attributes of poetry to those (few?) who know both? I suspect that such
could be said. An elegant algorithm, expressed in a lower-level language,
at least, can have a beauty, I think; that sort of beauty is akin to what
mathematics (mostly "higher"?) can offer in some instances, it seems to me.

[Getting 'way off topic, but: Write 11 33 55, "doubles" of the first odd
integers. Rearrange: 113 355. Put the 355, the bigger one, on top.
Divide, 355/113. The result is a remarkably-good approximation to [pi]. No
better approximation with fewer than 11 digits, total, exists.
(That is 104348/33215.) To me, this is beautiful, and not higher math. at

Another: Assembly-language instruction sets have some remarkable
similarities to pipe organ stop lists.

Nicholas Bodley /*|*\ Waltham, Mass.
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