SARTRE was originally a fictional programming language invented as a joke by John Unger Zussman, published in a list of "lesser known programming languages" in 1982, named after Jean-Paul Sartre, a French existentialist philosopher. He described it like this:
- SARTRE is an extremely unstructured language. Statements in SARTRE have no purpose; they just are there. Thus, SARTRE programs are left to define their own functions. SARTRE programmers tend to be boring and depressed and are no fun at parties.