A Programming Language without Keywords

W. Douglas Maurer


Computer programming today is far too dependent on one particular natural language, namely English. Mathematics is not dependent on English, and programming should not be, either. In order to eliminate the dependence of programming on English, we have constructed a programming language in which the keywords are replaced by symbols available on standard keyboards. Each of these symbols is chosen to suggest the idea of the keyword it replaces. Many of them have more than one use, but always in a way that a compiler can detect. In this way a professional can write a program without ever having to think in English. Our language is called *, and it also embodies an innovative approach to programming language safety.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/cis.v6n1p100

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