Circle of Life

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Basic functions

Circle of Life (CoL) is an unimplemented language created by User:Shamrocky which involves using operators that have a 2-action lifespan before they "die" (No longer usable). Each operator may take two of several actions.
Circle of Life Commands
Operation Function Usage
MakeVar Creates a variable Op MakeVar "ExVar"
SetVar Sets Variable Value Op SetVar ExVar [Str/Int]
IncVar Increases Variable by 1 Op IncVar ExVar [Must be an Integer]
SubVar Decreases Variable by 1 Op SubVar ExVar [Must be an Integer]
Split Creates 2 Descendant Operators Op1 Split "Op2Name", "Op3Name"
Die Kills Operator Early Op Die
Write Prints a Variable to the Console Op Write ExVar
If Standard If-Then Block If [Condition] {[Op [Action]]}
Loop Loop block, loops code Loop {[Code]}
Erase Erases an Operator From System Memory LiveOp Erase DeadOp
Add Adds two variables together, assigns result to another variable Op Add Var1 Var2 ResVar
Sub Subtracts two variables, assigns result to another variable Opp Sub Var1 Var2 ResVar
Sunder Kills and erases all Operators and Variables Op Sunder

Each Circle of Life program starts with a base operator named "Adam" which the user may use to build the rest of the program.

Intricacies and nuance

  • To terminate a program, all operators must be dead.
  • Operators will not "Age" unless given an action, meaning that an operator must receive 2 actions or the Die action to terminate
  • Looping does not reset the ages of operators, there must be a function to make new ones.
  • Operators may not have the same name as any operator alive or dead and must have unique names or a live operator must erase a dead operator
  • Using the Loop and If/Then actions do not age operators as they do not require operators to perform, though actions within the loop still age operators
  • You can prompt the user with syntax which is formatted as [input] or [input|"Text"]

Example programs

Series of example programs

Hello world

Adam MakeVar "HelloWrld"
Adam Split "Test1", "Test2"
Test1 SetVar HelloWorld "Hello World!"
Test1 Write HelloWorld
Test2 Die

2 function calculator

Loop {
Adam MakeVar "Operation"
Adam Split "Ask", "Functions"
Ask SetVar Operation [input|"Operation? 1 for addition, 2 for subtraction"]
Ask Die
Functions Split "Add", "Subtract"
If Operation = 1 {
Add Split "GetNumsA", "AddFunc"
GetNums Split "Num1A", "Num2A"
Num1A MakeVar "AddVar1"
Num1A SetVar AddVar1 [Input|First Number?]
Num2A MakeVar "AddVar2"
Num2A SetVar AddVar2 [Input|Second Number?]
AddFunc Split "AddFinal", "PrinterA"
AddFinal MakeVar "LastA"
AddFinal Add AddVar1 AddVar2 LastA
PrinterA Write LastA
PrinterA Sunder
If Operation = 2 {
Sub Split "GetNumsS", "SubFunc"
GetNums Split "Num1S", "Num2S"
Num1S MakeVar "SubVar1"
Num1S SetVar SubVar1 [Input|First Number?]
Num2S MakeVar "SubVar2"
Num2S SetVar SubVar2 [Input|Second Number?]
SubFunc Split "SubFinal", "PrinterS"
SubFinal MakeVar "LastS"
SubFinal Sub SubVar1 SubVar2 LastS
PrinterS Write LastS
PrinterS Sunder


As with any programming language, CoL can return errors when there as an issue with a developer's code. Errors are produced with the text "ERR!" followed by a numerical code to identify the error. The following list would be some of the most common error codes.

  • ERR!100: Attempted Action with no Operator
  • ERR!200: Attempted Action with dead Operator
  • ERR!300: Operator "Example" Not Recognized (Typo)
  • ERR!400: Action "Example" Not Recognized (Typo)
  • ERR!500: Tried to erase a live Operator
  • ERR!600: Tried to perform a math function on a string