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A fictional programming language

Thnad is a tiny programming language with so few features that it is not useful for anything at all--except showing how to write a compiler in half an hour.

Here's the factorial function in Thnad:

function factorial(n) {
  if(eq(n, 1)) {
  } else {
    times(n, factorial(minus(n, 1)))


The language has only the following dubious features:

  • Integer literals
  • Functions
  • Conditionals (with a required "else")

That's it! Math and comparison are function calls. IO (or rather just O, as there is no input) is a simple print function.