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(This is all the fault of a conversation with allonymist and yoctohedron.)

C: You are a paranoid schizophrenic who spends most of your time confused about which type you should be, convinced that blatantly false things are true because your extreme efficiency leaves no room for sensible error checking. Moreover your terseness encourages people to interact with you badly, providing incomplete and ambiguous instructions for which you nevertheless come up with a legal interpretation, even though most of the time it is completely nonsensical. People come to you because you promise them simplicity, not realising that below the surface you're a rat's nest of issues. In the end you are always abandoned for someone like C++ or Python.

Python: Python cares deeply about you and does its best to make your life easier. Python is willing to try new things to make you happy -- "Sure, I can do generators, if that's what you want" -- and really doesn't mind if you're seeing other languages on the side. It insists upon arranging the cupboard into strict rows, but you stop noticing after a while, and eventually you come to prefer your shelves organized this way. Your friends think this is weird until they start dating Python too.

Ruby: Your older sister is the most popular cheerleader in school, but she's kind of a slut. You think that maybe if you add more features, the boys will like you just as much.

PHP: You've seen what works for Ruby and you think it will work for you too, but you haven't figured out that lipstick doesn't go on your cheeks and you shouldn't brush your hair with a mascara wand.

C++: C++ has seen people in love, and thinks it has everything figured out. C++ thinks it loves you, but it errs on the side of being controlling when it thinks it's being concerned and caring.

Ada: You are far more flexible than C++, and know how to be strict and forgiving at the same time. However, your tendency to wear the bondage and discipline gear all the time, as opposed to when your lover asks you to bring it out, frightens people off. You need to learn to stop calling people "worm" and "slave" in front of their mothers.

Java: You try to be loving, but you were raised by a commune of 60 nervous women who have told you that everything you do is loving, even when it isn't. Your unhelpful behaviors have never been corrected and everything you do is subtly wrong and destructive.

JSP: You are Java's younger sister, working in a strip club to pay for your women's studies degree.

Perl: You're incredibly enthusiastic and you have five different ways of doing anything that anyone could possibly want to do. As a result, you tend to overwhelm people and you leave a bad impression on people who could otherwise benefit from knowing you. You promise people answers to all their questions, but you're not ready for a real relationship. You like to guess what people want, but tend to jump to conclusions. When other people would say "what, really?", you've already gotten out a ball-peen hammer and a tub of beeswax. Because of this, people find themselves speaking to you using a range of expressions and vocabulary even more limited than what they'd use for someone who didn't speak the language at all.

Smalltalk: Smalltalk won't meet you outside Smalltalk's apartment. Smalltalk says that if you really loved it, you wouldn't leave.

OCaml: You know yourself to be fast, smart, and extremely reliable. However, you look kind of funny and nobody really wants to talk to you. You spend most of your time sitting in a public library glaring at people, occasionally yelling "NOBODY HERE APPRECIATES MY GENIUS!" and getting kicked out.

Prolog: You are a deaf and blind synthaesthete, who experiences the world entirely through smells, each of which triggers expansive flurries of poetry and music in your mind. Certain problems are trivial for you, but nobody will ever understand the answers you give them, because your numbering system involves colors that cannot be perceived by humans. Prolog can sometimes have a good time with people, but it's hard for a person to stay with someone who only wants them for their ochre vibrato.

Lisp: Lisp cares about you, but really loves itself more than it will ever love you. Lisp thinks that it's the world's greatest lover, and it is a lot of fun, but it's completely blind to its own inadequacies. Watch out: it flies into a rage if it finds you've been seeing C on the side. Lisp swears up and down that it can be anything and anyone you want, and in a lot of ways it's right, but in the end, it's still Lisp.

Logo: Lisp's adorable 7-year-old niece who likes to play with her toy turtle. On casual conversation, she proves to be disturbingly worldly and well-informed. You resolve not to let your kids play around Lisp's house. Thinking about using Logo in any serious way makes you feel a bit dirty.

Visual Basic: You're a fifteen-year-old girl with her very own computer in her room, pinging random strangers on AIM and claiming to be a 23-year-old girl who wants to cyber with them. However, your efforts fail at convincing people, mostly because you aren't very imaginative and most of the things you're promising them are ideas you ripped off from other sources and changed slightly, leaving them less believable.

ASP.NET: As above, except you're a fifteen-year-old boy.

Objective C: You grew up in a cold and loveless home. Everything you know about love, you learned by listening to Smalltalk and Lisp's sex parties in the apartment next door. Now you have met a sweet young thing named Darwin, and you are eager to please.

Dylan: Sombody sat Lisp down and told it it was too clingy. Now it's bipolar.

Twisted: Twisted Python not only loves you, it loves everyone, in 10ms intervals, on demand. But once you learn to take turns, you don't notice the difference.

E: E is very clear about its hard limits, and there are a lot of them. It tells you up front what you're not allowed to do, and sometimes you end up forgetting what you can do without pissing it off.

lex/yacc: lex and yacc are those twins you have a one-night stand with every couple of years. In the intervening period, you forget all about the neat tricks they can do, and every time you meet up you end up learning them all over again. But they're really rather one-sided, and schizophrenic in the same way C is, so in the end it's good that they're not after you for a long-term relationship.

Haskell: Haskell is pretty, but always uses an elaborate range of prophylactic techniques. By the time you're all in place, the person you're with no longer resembles Haskell. If you've had other lovers, Haskell doesn't like many of the things that you may have come to enjoy doing with them. Haskell will pretend never to have heard of these things, and call you a pervert.

SML/NJ: You cannot take anything away from a relationship with SML/NJ that you did not bring with you. If you leave anything at SML/NJ's apartment when you break up, SML/NJ will leave it on your doorstep without ringing the bell.

Assembler: Assembler has no limits -- none whatsoever -- but you have to make it do what you want. It will not make a move to help you; assembler just lies there.

FORTRAN: FORTRAN isn't a real relationship. Telling people you're happy with FORTRAN is like telling people you'll be happy taking care of your cats for the rest of your life and don't really need another person.


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Mar. 1st, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
E: E is very clear about its hard limits, and there are a lot of them. It tells you up front what you're not allowed to do, and sometimes you end up forgetting what you can do without pissing it off.

-->I feel an urder to nick this as a sigline. ;-)
Mar. 1st, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Be my guest. :)
Mar. 1st, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
BTW, did you get my letter?
Mar. 1st, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I hadn't seen anything as of yesterday, but will check the mailbox when I get home.
(no subject) - maradydd - Mar. 3rd, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Unlambda: your boyfriend spends all his time talking about his old girlfriends. You have more of a relationship with his relationships than with him. After a while you realize he doesn't really exist, he's just a collection of metarelationships. This works out fine as long as you don't think about it too carefully.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
<applause> This is the sort of post that make following LiveJournal worthwhile.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Don't forget Labview
Labview: Labview is the best lover you will ever meet. She can dazzle you in ways you never thought possible and wow you with her power, flexibility and stamina. When you are finally done with sex and ask her what she want's to do next she stares at you blankly before asking why you would want to do anything else? EVER. That is as far as your relationship ever goes, but both of you are cool with that.
Dec. 18th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
Re: Don't forget Labview
Labview: her daddy's rich and makes useful gadgets that you frequently use. He recommends her as a manager for your stuff. When the two of you meet up, she seems charming and intelligent at first, with pretty colors galour.

Then comes the time when the two of you finally get down to business. Then you discover she got this thing about going left to right. If you try doing anything the other way around, you get dirty looks. And you discover she's not nearly as smart as you thought as first, but nevertheless insists on doing everything her way, through consulting some arcane ritual that she won't tell you about, but which possibly involves sacrificing small rodents during a full moon on Tuesdays while standing on one foot (memory management). She insists on doing everything different from the "other girls", and makes a rather extreme point about looking better than C

And finally you discover that she's a freak with a bondage obsession; nothing turns her on more than seeing you tied up with your head in multiple boxes. If you try asking her for anything beyond the most brain-dead and vanilla, pretty soon you find yourself blindfolded and strung left to right across her ceiling, suspended by your crotch from multicoloured wires. And when you claim not to be enjoying it, she pouts and tells you it because you're not doing things right, and you're still too hung-up over C. She immediately starts making comparisons, saying hows she's more prettier, more useful, more flexible, good at multitasking etc.

Later, you leave her apartment sobbing in frustration. You nostalgically remember that even C, with her biker habits and temper tandrums, never left you in so sorry a state. Looking for some comfort, you visit MATLAB on the corner.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
I don't think C gets enough credit. Sure, C doesn't love you. C isn't about love--C is about thrills. C hangs around in the bad part of town. C knows all the gang signs. C has a motorcycle, and wears the leathers everywhere, and never wears a helmet, because that would mess up C's punked-out hair. C likes to give cops the finger and grin and speed away. Mention that you'd like something, and C will pretend to ignore you; the next day, C will bring you one, no questions asked, and toss it to you with a you-know-you-want-me smirk that makes your heart race. Where did C get it? "It fell off a truck," C says, putting away the boltcutters. You start to feel like C doesn't know the meaning of "private" or "protected": what C wants, C takes. This excites you. C knows how to get you anything but safety. C will give you anything but commitment

In the end, you'll leave C, not because you want something better, but because you can't handle the intensity. C says "I'm gonna live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse," but you know that C can never die, not so long as C is still the fastest thing on the road.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Bloody awesome.
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Mar. 3rd, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's a good one!! :)

Balakumar Muthu
Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
NetLogo: NetLogo is sweet little LOGO, all grown up and moved to Chicago where she is the madam of little-known brothel that employs countless cloned androgyn simpletons. You can ask just one one or any number of them to do what you want, either to you or to each other, if only you can explain it in sufficiently simple terms. They are all the same, but they happily dress up and pretend to be whatever you want: girls, boys, ants, even a potted plant. Though there are some things they just can't do, you keep coming back, because sometimes, when they all get going together, the result is something thrillingly unexpected. This totally gets you off.

Eventually, you'll find NetLogo gets you there, but too slowly, so you build up your courage and try to convince C to to the same thing, making her develop multiple psychotic personalites, all of which will try to kill you.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
awk/sed/csh. jall live in the same apartment building, came from the old country, all are willing
and able to enage in obscure acts together, if fact the sex is much easier and better when all combined.

awk: likes to dress up others clothes as a turnon, engages in quick forcefull sex involving bizzare objects that sometimes require other bizzare objects to escape from. does not like it if you date
others unless you are also dating csh. Some say the love is like perl's only in a unrefined and dirty way.

sed: likes to dress up during sex in any costume you would like. Speaks to you in strange tongues that mean more than they say. once you've learned how to speak to sed, you find this a turnon. But you find is hindering that everytime you want to have sex, sed always wants one of its shell friends to join in. sometimes seds friends are ugly. most people have sex with sed just a few times before dating perl and forgetting all about sed.


Apr. 6th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: sed/awk/csh
Funny, my description of sed would be:

You really want to have a relationship with sed, but you can't figure out what sex or gender it is, or whether it's attracted to you. It also speaks a language almost entirely composed of whistles and clicks. Sometimes you're not sure it's human at all; you think it might be an alien from outer space. You think, "If it ever says 'They're made of meat!', I am so out of here!"
Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
J: You come from an African tribe that communicate only in popping noises. You make no effort to learn english, and you don't care that nobody understands you - they're obviously not smart enough to go out with you anyway.
Jan. 15th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
But in spite of mistakes in english, this is a cool assay of programming languages.
(no subject) - Randy A MacDonald - Feb. 18th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Look what I found in del.icio.us/popular today:

maradydd: Programming languages and their relationship styles
first posted by evilrob on 2006-03-02 ... and 77 other people ( 25 recently ) ... copy
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Wow! I had wondered where all the comments were coming from. Thanks!
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Mar. 3rd, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
It'll take at least another week. Maybe longer. Just one of the many reasons why I don't bother with Slashdot any more.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Jeez, it sounds like someone's a little loose :)

What ever happened to the good old days of committing to someone, regardless of their faults, accepting them and working together for the good of the relationship?

Thanks for the post, it was great, and kinda makes me want to get on with reading the copy of "Learning Python" I bought last week.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
You may find it meaningful that one of the people responsible for this post is a Twisted developer. ;) Glad you enjoyed!
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(no subject) - kragen - Mar. 4th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Now we need an Programming Language Sex Chart...

I guess that'd require us to add GraphViz.

GraphViz: All you're really good for is looking pretty and gossiping.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Is Graphviz Turing-complete? That's what had me reluctant to add JCL (although I have a friend who claims to have emulated looping constructs in JCL). allonymist gets away with XML because XSLT adds recursion, but I don't think HTML counts. Still, the GraphViz one is funny. :)
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
What?! No mention of BASIC?
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Feel free to make one up.
Re: BASIC - mwmiller - Mar. 10th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
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