# Produce the number 2014 without any numbers in your source code

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It's 2017 2018 2019 already, folks, go home.

So, now that it's 2014, it's time for a code question involving the number 2014.

Your task is to make a program that prints the number 2014, without using any of the characters 0123456789 in your code, and independently of any external variables such as the date or time or a random seed.

The shortest code (counting in bytes) to do so in any language in which numbers are valid tokens wins.

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• Even though numbers are ignored in brainfuck, I thought I'd post one anyway. 32 Chars: ++++++[>++++++++<-]>++.--.+.+++. – Braden Best Apr 1 '15 at 21:37
• Brainfuck isn't a valid language for this challenge. – Joe Z. Apr 1 '15 at 22:49
• I know. That's why I posted it as a comment – Braden Best Apr 1 '15 at 22:51
• I wonder if this question gets a small spike in popularity around New Year's. – Joe Z. Dec 26 '15 at 23:28
• Waiting for "Come on folks, don't you realize it's 2016?" :) – padawan Jan 4 '16 at 23:35

## JavaScript, 81 76 bytes

l="length";alert(("hi"[l]<<"javascript"[l])-"wow"[l]*"hello death"[l]-true);

# Charcoal, 5 bytes

Ｉ²⁰¹⁴


Try it online!

Language was created after January 1, 2014, but as Charcoal uses the superindices ⁰¹²³⁴⁵⁶⁷⁸⁹ to represent the numbers, the answer is valid. :-)

# Lua, 29 bytes

b=("").byte print(b"?"..b"?")


NB: the two question marks are substitutes for characters that are not appearing properly in the post. See the tio link below for proof.

Try it online!

As an interesting point, although this is not the case with Lua, a language with an implementation of pi to at least 3137 digits would be able to print pi and find '2014' at digits 3133-3136!

# J, 21 bytes

,":,.$,:~}.,:,:'golf'  Try it online!  'golf' One dimensional array ,:,: Itemize twice (1x1x4 array) }. Drop first element (0x1x4) ,:~ Append to itself as distinct items (2x0x1x4)$                 Get dimensions (2 0 1 4)
,.                  Flatten items, essentially prints 2014 vertically.
(so there are no spaces)
,":                    To strings, flatten.


# 20 bytes

#.(#_),,~(,~,~#_),%_
#.(#_),,~(,~$,._),%_  # 15 bytes do'bbbc',~":_bd  # 11 bytes ,":_bk,:_be  # √ å ı ¥ ® Ï Ø ¿, 8 bytes TTX''_o  Try it online! The rest of the code in the TIO link is the Python interpreter (because I can't be bothered to ask Dennis to add √ å ı ¥ ® Ï Ø ¿ # Python, 41 bytes print(int(ord("j")/len("aa") * ord("&")))  Try it online! • Welcome to the site! The aim of this question (and code golf in general) is to get the shortest functional code. You can remove the spaces around the * to start with. – caird coinheringaahing Jan 7 '18 at 20:51 # Pyt, 9 bytes π!⬡⁻⁻⁻△⁻⁻  Try it online! # LibreLogo (Paper Format: Tabloid), 55 bytes The document must be in Tabloid Format for this method to work. Code: print ''.join(set(str(pagesize.pop()))).replace('.','')  Result: Explanation: pagesize ; Returns [792.0, 1224.0] (Tabloid Format) pagesize.pop() ; Returns 1224.0 str(pagesize.pop()) ; Returns "1224.0" set(str(pagesize.pop())) ; Returns {u'2', u'0', u'1', u'.', u'4'} ''.join(set(str(pagesize.pop()))) ; Returns "201.4" ''.join(set(str(pagesize.pop()))).replace('.','') ; Returns "2014"  ## Canvas, 7 bytes ＡＡ＋ｑ⁷┤ｔ  Try it online! ＡＡ | Push 10 to stack twice ＋ | Add top two items in stack ｑ | Print top item in stack on current line ⁷ | Push 16 to stack ┤ | Decrement top item in stack twice ｔ | Print top item in stack on current line, disable implicit output  # C, 24 (Using GCC-4.9.2) f(){printf("%i",'Þ');} (Properly formatted version on Pastebin) IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a U+0007 in-front of the Þ character but stackexchange removes it for some reason. Make sure you edit it back in before compiling my code. Here is a pastebin of the code that does include the unicode characters needed. # Perl 5 + Perligata, 25 bytes Byte count uses the new rule that command-line switches for choosing appropriate modules don't count. perl -MLingua::Romana::Perligata -e'MMXIVimum egresso scribe.'  Tested in Strawberry 5.26.0 with Perligata 0.601 (with " instead of ' in the above code). # jshell, 5 bytes How to make Java an useful code golf language? Simple, just remove the need to declare classes, methods, make things automatically print and so on. +'ߞ'  # Stax, 4 bytes ü◘♥┐  Run and debug (ha) it online! Obligatory Stax answer. This unpacks to 2014. Implicit print. I haven't yet found a shorter version. # C# (.NET Core), 42 bytes System.Console.Write((int)'ϯ'+(int)'ϯ'); // Btw. it's now 2018 ^^ so System.Console.Write((int)'ϱ' + (int)'ϱ');  Try it online! # SMBF, 15 bytes \x00 is a literal NUL byte. This program adds 5 to each of /,+- and prints. <[+++++.<]\x00/,+-  Only my Python interpreter can accept non-printable ASCII. Change the data line to this, and substitute the code you want to run with the non-printable values escaped (on line 169): data = bytearray(b'the above code goes here')  # CJam, 2 bytes KE  K is predefined as 20, E is predefined as 14. The stack gets automatically printed after the program. Try it online! C#, 28 bytes You don't need to cast to an int as Hille does, so it becomes Console.WriteLine('ϱ'+'ϱ') # Symbolic Python, 31 bytes _=-~-~-~(_==_) _=""[_::_]  Try it online! Symbolic Python bans numbers anyway. ### Explanation: _=-~-~-~(_==_) # Set _ to 4 _= # Set _ to "" # From the representation of some unprintables # Which is '\x12\x10\x11\x14' [_::_] # From the 4th character, take every 4th character # Output the contents of _ implicitly  A more interesting solution at 34 bytes: _=-~(_==_) _=_+_-_+_/_+_*_  Try it online! _=-~(_==_) # Set _ to 2 _=_+_-_+_/_+_*_ # '2'+'2-2'+'2/2'+'2*2' = '2'+'0'+'1'+'4' = '2014'  • Crazy that someone else is actually using this stupid language I made, haha – FlipTack Dec 17 '18 at 21:01 ### Edited: bash 81 chars! Just for fun: wc -c < <(echo {,}{,,}{,}{,,,}{,}{,,,}film dbugjkqstvxz{,}{,,} 'Happy New Year!')  there is no numbers, all letters are used and this print exactly: 2014  ( This method could reasonably be used until 2016: by just adding one or two exclamation point after the wish:  wc -c < <(echo {,}{,,}{,}{,,,}{,}{,,,}film dbugjkqstvxz{,}{,,} 'Happy New Year!!') 2015  ;-) ### bash 27 chars .;v=$?;echo $v$?${#v}$[v+v]


This will output:

bash: .: filename argument required
.: usage: . filename [arguments]
2014


Ok, this will generate some unwanted output, but 2014 is printed and is a valid token!

The two following sample are error free (a little longer but near golfed)

v=$(echo {V..v});echo$[${#v}#vu] 2014  or printf -vv "%d"$?xfbc;echo $[v>>${#?}]
2014


or even:

echo $[$[$[${#?}$?-${#?}]$?>>${#?}]#Iy]
2014


Inspired by comment from GammaFunction:

echo $[$[a-a]xfbd>>${#?}]  • You don't need to set a var in the 0xfbc solution: echo$[$?xfbc>>++j] works just fine (19 bytes). – GammaFunction Mar 28 at 7:15 • Nice! Late to post but you could! Unfortunely you have to ensure $? to be 0 and this could not be reused... But impressive! – F. Hauri Mar 28 at 15:54
• @GammaFunction Post edited ;-) – F. Hauri Mar 28 at 16:46

## Python 3, 16 Bytes, 15 Characters

print(ord('ߞ'))


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### Explanation

ord returns the decimal Unicode of a character, and the decimal Unicode of ߞ happens to be 2014.

### Python 2?

I tried doing the same thing in Python 2 (print ord('ߞ')), which would be 1 byte less, but this doesn't work. Why? Well, in Python 3, len('ߞ') returns 1. However, in Python 2, len('ߞ') returns 2. And since ord only takes a string of length 1 (or a char, but Python doesn't have chars), Python 2 doesn't really like that: TypeError: ord() expected a character, but string of length 2 found

# C#, 25 Bytes, 24 Characters

Console.Write((int)'ߞ');


Try it online!

### Explanation

The decimal Unicode of ߞ is 2014, so you can just cast it to an int and 2014 is printed.

• Welcome! Though admittedly, the answer is simple, in general it is best to add an explanation or link to an online interpreter. Code-only answers are usually automatically flagged as low-quality, meaning that those answers have to be reviewed by someone. – mbomb007 Aug 30 at 21:19
• @mbomb007 yeah i was thinking about adding a link to tio.run, i'll do that – Sagittarius Aug 31 at 9:09

# Javascript, 45 characters

_=> new Date().getFullYear()-new Date().getDate()


Very Temporary!!

Another Day, another very Temporary answer :-)

f=new Date().getFullYear()-new Date().getDay()

• Welcome to Code Golf! Submissions should be either a full program or a function, so I would recommend prepending _=> to your solution to turn it into an anonymous function. – Stephen Sep 5 at 20:00

Objective C

NSDateFormatter *formatter = [[NSDateFormatter alloc] init];
[formatter setDateFormat:@"yyyy"];
NSLog(@"%@",[formatter stringFromDate:[NSDate date]]);

• From the comments: Gelatin: “Is it acceptable to use the current year?” Joe Z.: “No, it has to be 2014 exactly.” – manatwork Jan 1 '14 at 13:17
• Because the question is a code-golf question, please add the character count. – ProgramFOX Jan 1 '14 at 13:31
• What happened to you, Smalltalk ? You look...different. – bug Jan 7 '14 at 1:17
• NSLog(@"%i",'&'*('F'-'A')); – Albert Renshaw Feb 16 '17 at 18:57
• @Cœur sorry meant this NSLog(@"%i",'&'*('V'-'!')); – Albert Renshaw Mar 17 '18 at 20:08

# Perl, 24 bytes

print-ord(A)+ord for U,O


Pure ascii, no nonprinting characters or utf8-only characters used. Uses the 21st and 15th letters of the alphabet to print 20, 14.

### C# (56 characters)

Class P{static void Main(){Console.Write(','*','+'N');}}

• This doesn't print anything. – shamp00 Jan 5 '14 at 15:05
• 26 characters = 4 bytes?? I don't think so... – jub0bs Jan 6 '14 at 12:24
• Sorry. I just included the logic only. Now I included the whole program. – Merin Nakarmi Jan 7 '14 at 3:34
• You need System.Console to use Console. – shamp00 Jan 8 '14 at 14:24
• using System; will be on the header. So.... – Merin Nakarmi Jan 8 '14 at 17:50

BAT (windows batch), 7 characters

echo %*


save as a.bat and invoke as a 2014

is there any restriction on using command line parameters? – Einacio

I don't think so, but echo $1 still has a number in it. – Joe Z. not a so valid answer, but noone was posting an answer in this wonderful language • Does BAT have an equivalent to sh’s$@ for “all parameters”? – Zev Eisenberg Jan 10 '14 at 23:29
• @ZevEisenberg that's what i used, altought it seems someone didn't like it – Einacio Jan 13 '14 at 15:14

PHP (27) - not shortest ASCII PHP but more readable

<?=hexdec($e=hexdec(E)).$e;


# Bat (Windows batch), 13 bytes (characters)

echo.^T |od -x


(^T is one character.)

# Bash, 15 bytes

echo "^T "|od -x


(^T is one character.)

• How about: printf %x \'— 13 characters. – Isaac Aug 30 at 22:26

# PYTHON

print(str(len('Happy new year to me')) + str(len('Happy new year')))

• This has a 1 in it. – Joe Z. Jan 11 '14 at 23:16
• oh whoops let me fix it – Oliver Ni Jan 11 '14 at 23:17
• Must str('Happy new year') be wroted as str(len('Happy new year'))? – AMK Jan 11 '14 at 23:28
• sorry. I fixed it. – Oliver Ni Jan 13 '14 at 4:53

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