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toy language

toy language in Technology
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.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • "Thank goodness now I can move and stretch myself a bit," said the China Cat, speaking out loud, in toy language.

    The Story of a China Cat Laura Lee Hope
  • This was not because he could not speak the toy language or the language of Stuffed Elephants.

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