GetWhen is a
terrible unfinished esoteric programming language (it might not even be that esoteric) by User:SoundOfScripting that is designed around code being executed whenever a certain condition is met.
Feel free to edit the language however you want. You can
probably definitely make it better than I can.
Programs in GetWhen are a series of lines that each have a line number (starting at 1) before them. Each line has a non-empty list of instructions to be executed. Lines closer to the top of the program take priority.
After a line is executed, the next line will be executed next (unless the instruction pointer is changed).
Usually (unless something weird happens), whitespace would be ignored (except for newlines).
Parenthesis are used for function arguments or to control evaluation order.
// is encountered in a line, the rest of the line is ignored.
Here is a format for valid lines:
<line numbers>: <instructions>
Note: If multiple line numbers or instructions are present, they must be separated by
Variables and operations
Variable names are a string of alphabetical text. Variables must only store unbounded integers (unless they are undefined, represented by %, which they are until they are set), and there can be as many variables as the program mentions.
The following instructions will set a variable to a value:
x=5 //Obviously sets x to 5 y=x //Sets y to x (5) x=x+7 //Sets x to x+7 (5+7 (12)) z=y-x //Sets z to y-x (5-12 (-7)) x=% //Sets x to undefined
The following integer operations are supported (will return undefined if one or more inputs is undefined):
x+y //Sum of x and y x-y //x minus y x*y //Product of x and y x/y //x divided by y, rounded down x^y //x to the y power x%y //x mod y (screw your parsing (just kidding, it shouldn't be that hard))
Here is a list of conditional operators which return a boolean integer (1 for true or 0 for false):
x==y //If x equals y x!=y //If x is not equal to y x>y //If x is greater than y x<y //If x is less than y x>=y //If x equals y or x is greater than y x<=y //If x equals y or x is less than y !<condition> //The opposite of some other condition
Note: If either x or y is undefined (%), all conditional operations except for
!= will default to 0 (false).
ip is reserved for the instruction pointer, which stores the next line to be executed.
If the instruction pointer is modified in the middle of a line, execution of that line stops and is moved to the line
ip was set to.
If the instruction pointer would be set to a line that doesn't exist (this includes undefined), the program terminates.
GetWhen has a few built-in functions (possibly more in the future). Functions can not be created within a GetWhen program.
Like all values, I/O is also only integers.
input() //Gets one integer from input output(x) //Sends x to output when(<conditions>) //Returns a superposition/list (multiple values at once, see Neg) of all line numbers (of all lines in the program with higher or same priority) that, after execution, would result in all of the conditions (separated by
,s) being true.
Note: If there are no more integers to input, the input() function will return undefined. However, one does not have to output undefined after all outputs.
Variables can have the same names as the built-in functions.
when function outside of a line number will probably cause the program to become uncomputable and require the halting problem to be solved for the program to execute it. However, this is still valid syntax.
If a line that has priority would cause a
when condition of a line with less priority to become false, that line is not executed. The same goes for one that would make a condition true.
Note: If a line at highest priority would not change its
when condition, it will execute infinitely many times, without other lines having the chance to stop it.
If a variable would be changed inside of a
when call, it is not changed outside of that call. This also applies to the
input function (it will not move to the next input when used in a
Although superpositions can exist in GetWhen, there is no syntax for creating one directly. They must be obtained through other means.
GetWhen is probably Turing complete (or super Turing complete) via translation to a Minsky Machine using two or more unbounded variables. This has not been done yet because of laziness.
- Truth Machine:
when(!input()): output(0), ip=% //If 0, output 0 and terminate when(input()): output(1) //If 1, output 1 forever
Note: Any integer can be treated as a boolean or condition.
when(input()==%): ip=% //If no input, halt when(input()!=%): output(input()) //Output the input, unless it doesn't exist
- Fibonacci Sequence (forever)
1: x=1, y=1, z=0 //Init when(x!=%): output(x), z=x, x=x+y, y=z //Fibonacci stuff
- Grandfather Paradox
1: x=when(x==%), output(x), ip=% //While executing the
whencall, as long as x would be undefined in a future line, there is no contradiction. However, since that never happens, the
whencondition would return undefined. Since x would be undefined at the end of line 1, the call would have to return 1, then undefined, then 1, etc.
It is currently unknown what is output when this program is run. Maybe x should be set to a superposition of 1 and undefined?