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Category: Haiku

CherryBlossom

I’ve created a project page for the CherryBlossom programming language. You can check it out here. The interpreter is written in perl.

Introducing CherryBlossom

Over the past month, I’ve been working on a new project. It’s called CherryBlossom, and it’s a way to write programs using haikus. Strictly speaking, CherryBlossom is a brainfuck analog. I actually spent more time writing the obligatory “Hello World” program in CherryBlossom than I did writing the interpreter for the language. The idea behind CherryBlossom is simple. Brainfuck instructions are mapped to words that convey the essence of the Brainfuck instruction. Of course, this is a little subjective and also a little abstract.

Ultimately, it serves as a way to make program code not just functional, but beautiful and artistic. Thus, we introduce a new criteria to programming. Your code must not only be elegant algorithmically, but must also be poetic and artistic (also, since program code consists of haikus, you need to represent your code in sets of 3 lines with the first and last lines having 5 syllables, and the second line 7. That is, conforming to haiku rules). CherryBlossom serves to blend the programmer and the poet into one entity (hopefully with amazing results).

Here is an example of “Hello World!” in CherryBlossom. I have opted to use a spruced up div tag instead of enclosing my beautiful poem in soulless sourcecode tags.
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More pretentious Haikus


balmy summer night
someone else, also alone
feelings shared

Listening
Song of an Ancient City
And it gives me Strength

Digital stream weaves
And you search for love
In its warp and weft

words that leave my hand
feelings on a screen
I lay my soul bare

looking back i see
new fall with new promises
one, never fulfilled

Pretentious Haikus

>em>I wish I
could say it easily but
I cannot

——————–

The very last Spring
in familiar settings
makes me very sad

——————–

The hardest thing is
to have it so close to me
but not with me

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