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In this programming language TempoVar, there is only one variable and one flag. It also supports backtracking and executing commands on future tempos.


  • period: This command steps to the next tempo.
  • number,colon,command: This is a do execution of commands in a future tempo. The number (which must be a integer at least 1) is the number of tempo steps until it is executed. It is executed right on the tempo, and if multiple commands are waiting on a tempo, it is a queue (first in first out) that executes in order all during same step.
  • zero or more commands in curly braces: This counts as one unit so can be used where a command is used.
  • percent,command: This sets the value of variable to that command.
  • at: The at sign executes the command stored in the variable.
  • plus,command: Makes a backtrack point (similar to MAYBE in backtracking INTERCAL, the choice point is added to stack, which contains the entire program state). The command executes now (after the choice-point is added to stack), but not on backtracking.
  • minus,command: Makes another backtrack point but the default is not execute command, and it executes on backtracking.
  • less: This is a GO BACK to the recent backtrack point, and now it is stale. If it is stale it discards instead.
  • greater: This discards the recent backtrack point regardless of stale or not.
  • number,asterisk,command: This will execute the command the number multiples of times.
  • left parenthesis,command: Input one bit and execute command if bit is set.
  • zero,right parenthesis: Output bit 0.
  • one,right parenthesis: Output bit 1.
  • slash: Toggle the flag.
  • question mark,command: Execute command if flag is set.
  • semicolon: Comment until end of line.
  • uppercase letters,command: Define a command letter to be included when using lowercase letters. Each letter can only be defined once, and only at the outer level of the program.
  • underscore,command: Prepends command to the beginning of value of variable.

Example of cat program:


Example to copy a flag to a later tempo-step:


Example to count up in unary:

E{0)0)1)0)0)0)0)1)} ; exclamation mark
L{0)0)0)0)1)0)1)0)} ; line feed