WSFN (programming language)

WSFN (programming language)

WSFN ("Which Stands for Nothing") was a programming language for controlling robots created by Li-Chen Wang [http://wiki-trust.cse.ucsc.edu/index.php/Talk:Li-Chen_Wang Li-Chen Wang Talk page at USCS ECE Wiki] ] ] and published by Dr. Dobb's Journal in September 1977 [Citation
last = Wang
first = Li-Chen
author-link = Li-Chen Wang
title = An Interactive Programming Language for Control of Robots
periodical = Dr. Dobb's Journal
volume = 2
issue = 10
] . It was later translated into Japanese and published by "ASCII".

Extended WSFN was an implementation created for the Atari 8-bit family of home computers by Harry Stewart, and published by the Atari Program Exchange [ [http://www.atariarchives.org/APX/showinfo.php?cat=20026 APX listing at atariarchives.org] ] in 1981 [ [http://library.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/histsci/GamesE.htm Stanford University library "Games E" collection listing] ] . Extended WSFN was designed as "beginner's language with emphasis on graphics" [ [http://www.learnthat.com/define/hitting.asp?ID=1075 Learnthat definition of WSFN] ] and included turtle graphicsFact|date=January 2008.

It was an exceedingly cryptic language. For example, this is a program to draw Sierpiński curves:

DIT(-I2FI5RG5RI2FI+)2RDG4FDY (HN63F2R61FRC4 (2FI))

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