There are a lot of programming languages that aren't very well-known now, but may have some interesting features. I keep finding a new one every now and then.

They may have faded to obscurity, they may still be in development, they may serve a small niche, or they may just not have caught on.

Do you know any? Any language that is not too popular and has at least one cool feature is welcome!

I consider these languages to be 'established', but if you have a useful-but-obscure feature, that's welcome:

  • Bash
  • C
  • C#
  • C++
  • Coffeescript
  • Csh
  • CSS
  • Go
  • HTML
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Julia
  • Kotlin
  • Matlab
  • Objective-C
  • Octave
  • PHP
  • Python
  • R
  • Ruby
  • Rust
  • Scala
  • SQL
  • Swift
  • Typescript
  • Visual Basic
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No one here knows SPL, Shakespeare Programming Language ? The purpose is too have a code which look like a shakespeare play. It is a really basic language with just arithmetics and gotos but is really cool ! Shakespeare

This is the hello world ^^:

The Infamous Hello World Program.

Romeo, a young man with a remarkable patience.
Juliet, a likewise young woman of remarkable grace.
Ophelia, a remarkable woman much in dispute with Hamlet.
Hamlet, the flatterer of Andersen Insulting A/S.

                    Act I: Hamlet's insults and flattery.

                    Scene I: The insulting of Romeo.

[Enter Hamlet and Romeo]

 You lying stupid fatherless big smelly half-witted coward!
 You are as stupid as the difference between a handsome rich brave
 hero and thyself! Speak your mind!

 You are as brave as the sum of your fat little stuffed misused dusty
 old rotten codpiece and a beautiful fair warm peaceful sunny summer's
 day. You are as healthy as the difference between the sum of the
 sweetest reddest rose and my father and yourself! Speak your mind!

 You are as cowardly as the sum of yourself and the difference
 between a big mighty proud kingdom and a horse. Speak your mind.

 Speak your mind!

[Exit Romeo]

                    Scene II: The praising of Juliet.

[Enter Juliet]

 Thou art as sweet as the sum of the sum of Romeo and his horse and his
 black cat! Speak thy mind!

[Exit Juliet]

                    Scene III: The praising of Ophelia.

[Enter Ophelia]

 Thou art as lovely as the product of a large rural town and my amazing
 bottomless embroidered purse. Speak thy mind!

 Thou art as loving as the product of the bluest clearest sweetest sky
 and the sum of a squirrel and a white horse. Thou art as beautiful as
 the difference between Juliet and thyself. Speak thy mind!

[Exeunt Ophelia and Hamlet]

                    Act II: Behind Hamlet's back.

                    Scene I: Romeo and Juliet's conversation.

[Enter Romeo and Juliet]

 Speak your mind. You are as worried as the sum of yourself and the
 difference between my small smooth hamster and my nose. Speak your

 Speak YOUR mind! You are as bad as Hamlet! You are as small as the
 difference between the square of the difference between my little pony
 and your big hairy hound and the cube of your sorry little
 codpiece. Speak your mind!

[Exit Romeo]

                    Scene II: Juliet and Ophelia's conversation.

[Enter Ophelia]

 Thou art as good as the quotient between Romeo and the sum of a small
 furry animal and a leech. Speak your mind!

 Thou art as disgusting as the quotient between Romeo and twice the
 difference between a mistletoe and an oozing infected blister! Speak
 your mind!


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There is no D language on your list. It's something C++ should be, but failed, i.e. better, object-oriented C. I recommend reading some basic language tour to see what can be achieved if your main goal is not to be backwards compatible to 1980s.

Unfortunately, it's not widely known or used. This is mostly due some bad decisions of language core team some years ago (they were two separate standard libraries in D1, but one of them was killed in D2 and people did not like that). Because of that, it lost some trust from early adopters. Another problem is that it's hard to say to whom is the language addressed - some part of ecosystem is written like C++ while the other more like Ruby.

I hope to see it get some well-deserved visibility some day in the future.

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Yeah, I wish I had bet on Rust when I was looking into both of them some time ago ;)

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I learned proraming on an Atari 520-ste. The language I had access to at the time was GFA basic.

I remember dumping the memory in binary to find where the mouse pointer was, and customize it. Yes, yes, it took a couple hours, but I found 2 memory blocks where the 0 and 1 drew the mouse pointer. I wrote my little program to change those 0s and 1s and voila! I had a totally original mouse pointer. It was the good old days...

You can still use GFA basic on PCs nowadays if you look around hard enough.

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I would be going for ponylang

as you easily can spot it's an actor based language. I am following this language for quite a bit now. Actors are a concept I really do enjoy and they built a language around it :D ....

use "collections"

actor Counter
  var _count: U32

  new create() =>
    _count = 0

  be increment() =>
    _count = _count + 1

  be get_and_reset(main: Main) =>
    _count = 0

actor Main
  var _env: Env

  new create(env: Env) =>
    _env = env

    var count: U32 = try env.args(1)?.u32()? else 10 end
    var counter = Counter

    for i in Range[U32](0, count) do


  be display(result: U32) =>
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Mark yes on a theoretical level I agree although erlang is not a pure actor model since it has types which are not actors. But I learned that to truly understand something one has to leave the meta level and gets his hands dirty ... I think theory is important but I like to test my theories against reality :).

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