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- Language type:
M - Mathematical or Simulation
APL is an interpreted mathematical language
characterized by its terse syntax and
bizarre non-ASCII character set. It is
very strong in all forms of arithmetic
and matrix manipulation.
APL was invented in the 1960s, and has
enjoyed some modest popularity ever since.
Commercial and free APL implementations
exist for most modern platforms.
The original APL has been partly superseded
by advanced variants, such as APL2, J,
Iverson et al, IBM, 1960s
- See Also:
According to its fans, its expressive
power allows a skilled programmer to
create complex applications in a very
short time. Sometimes, entire complex
mathematical analyses can be coded in a
couple of lines of code. However, APLs
unconventional structure and odd character
set make it challenging to learn and master.
Today, APL is used mainly in niches
in the scientific, financial, and
- Sample code:
Unfortunately, the peculiar character set
used by APL precludes placing a code example
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