toy language

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toy language definition

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A language useful for instructional purposes or as a proof-of-concept for some aspect of computer-science theory, but inadequate for general-purpose programming. Bad Things can result when a toy language is promoted as a general purpose solution for programming (see bondage-and-discipline language); the classic example is Pascal. Several moderately well-known formalisms for conceptual tasks such as programming Turing Machines also qualify as toy languages in a less negative sense.
See also MFTL.
[Jargon File]
(1995-05-09)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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