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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.[1]

The joke was expanded by John Colagioia (sometime ca. 1998-2000) to describe a complete esoteric programming language, but no implementations are known to exist.[2]

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