Ten years of whitespace

Recycling unused parts of screens and paper

Ten years ago, Slate announced the introduction of whitespace, a language designed to compensate for the “white-space doesn’t count” culture of contemporary programming languages.

Whitespace uses spaces and tabs to code in the whitespace that surrounds text. The great advantage with this approach is that your documentation can be right in the middle of your code and yet not interfere with it.

You can see the slashdot article here.

Just be careful that you don’t use GZIP, Winzip, 7-zip or any other similar utility to package your whitespace program or you may find that it is rendered unexecutable.

The announcement suggests that you can use whitespace to astound your colleagues by putting viruses in text files and hiding programs in webpages.

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