RE: Best/Densest languages [was RE: PROGRAMMING: Free Tools]

Rik van Riel (
Mon, 27 Sep 1999 19:46:54 +0200 (CEST)

On Mon, 27 Sep 1999, O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> >
> > > What is currently the densest language (i.e. the fewest
> > > lines on the part of the programmer, result in the greatest
> > > amount of work on the part of the machine?)
> >
> > Easy. That would be microsloth Vbasic, written as
> > a macro in excel. It takes very few keystrokes on the part
> > of the "programmer" to develop a lotta code, which results
> > in huge amounts of work on the part of the machine. spike
> Yes, I agree that VB is the densest programming language. Not too
> compact though.

I don't think any imperative language can come close to the code densiny of functional languages.

For example, hop over to and look at their 4-line quicksort routine...


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