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Our task is to, for each letter of the (English) alphabet, write a program that prints the alphabet, in a language whose name starts with that letter.

Input: none

Output:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

uppercase and trailing newline optional

Rules:

  • The scoring metric is the length of the programming language name, plus the length of the code. Hence, C will be assessed a "penalty" of 1, while GolfScript will be assessed a penalty of 10.
  • One language/implementation per answer. Multiple answers are encouraged.
  • If a programming language name's first letter is not an English letter, it should not be coerced into one. It will be treated as a separate letter (meaning less competition).
  • No answer will be accepted until every English letter has a solution.

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Tell me if I'm missing anybody.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are we allowed to print junk to stderr? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 18 '11 at 22:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Peter Taylor: Go nuts. To answer your question, yes, printing junk to stderr is fine (as long as stdout is correct). \$\endgroup\$
    – Joey Adams
    Apr 18 '11 at 22:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it OK to print the alphabet IN BIG LETTERS? \$\endgroup\$
    – dorukayhan
    Jun 21 '16 at 18:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Funge is distinct from Befunge. Surely my pedanticism will be rewarded on a site dedicated to feats of it! \$\endgroup\$
    – tngreene
    Mar 23 '17 at 19:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is *0*5AB1E the same as *o*sabie :P? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 6 '19 at 14:58

148 Answers 148

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B is for Brachylog, 2 bytes → Score: 11

Ạẉ

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2
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C is for Cubix, 15 bytes, Score -> 20

uo)U"z`"-?@./;/

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Cubified

    u o
    ) U
" z ` " - ? @ .
/ ; / . . . . .
    . .
    . .

Watch it run

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K is for Keg, 3 + 3 bytes - > 6

azɧ

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It seems that the rule disallowing newer languages to be posted has been removed. Let me know if this is somehow invalid.

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2
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T is for Triangular, 19 bytes → 19+10 = 29

,5,D@"*i.jC>"dj>F+/

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Ungolfed:

     , 
    5 , 
   D @ " 
  * i . j 
 C > " d j 
> F + /

The process here is,

  • Push 65
  • Push 27
  • j is a conditional NorthWest IP switch; it changes to NW if the top value of the stack is not 0. This means we have the equivalent of looping from 26 to 0 (because we decrement prior to entering the loop)
  • Decrement → j → Swap top 2 stack values → Print, don't pop → Increment → Swap → Repeat

This turns out to be 1 byte shorter with capital letters than lower case due to 97 being prime.

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P is for Python 3, 32 chars -> Score: 38

print('%c'*26%(*range(97,123),)) 

I'm on fire. This is based in my 2011 answer which is before Python 3.5 added starred tuple unpacking, making it smaller that that one....

EXCEPT for Python 2 also got a smaller version today which is unbeatable :)

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M is for MAWP, 20 characters - Score: 24

[!43W8WM;1M!93WA?.%]

Explanation:

[        start of loop
!        duplicate top of stack
43W8W    push 96 to stack (4*3*8)
M        add 96 to number below
;        output top of stack as ASCII char
1M       add 1 to top of stack
!        duplicate top of stack
93W      push 27 to stack (9*3)
A        Difference of top two stack values
?.       is equal to zero, then terminate program
%        pop top of stack
]        end of loop
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X is for X86-16 MS-DOS machine code - 16 bytes

This is hexdump from .COM file :

00000000  b4 02 b9 1a 00 b7 61 8a  d7 cd 21 fe c7 e2 f8 cd  |......a...!.....|
00000010  20                                                | |
00000011

Code I wrote :

.model small
.code
org 100h

start:

    mov ah, 02h
    mov cx, 26 
    mov bh, 97

.loop:
    mov dl, bh
    int 21h
    inc bh
    loop .loop
    int 20h

end start

I use DOSBOX to run this proram

enter image description here

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B is for Batch File, 31 characters → Score: 41

echo abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
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Ada, 92 characters -> Score: 95

with ada.text_io;use ada.text_io;procedure a is begin put("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz");end;
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F is for F#, 36 characters -> Score: 38

printf("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz")
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E, 26 characters → Score: 27

for x in'a'..'z'{print(x)}

This is based off Joey's answer.

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Tcl - 31 + 3 = 34

puts abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
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  • \$\begingroup\$ My shortest iterative is longer, 45 :time {puts [format %c [expr [incr i]+96]]} 26 \$\endgroup\$
    – sergiol
    Jul 21 '17 at 18:41
1
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P is for PHP - 33 characters - Score: 36

echo implode("",range("a", "z"));
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1
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C++: 32+3 = 35

char c=96;while(c++<122)cout<<c;
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  • \$\begingroup\$ I almost want to score this as 32, given that your code contains "c++". Alas, I didn't put this in the original rules. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joey Adams
    Jul 15 '14 at 20:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoeyAdams You're right, I corrected it :) \$\endgroup\$
    – padawan
    Jul 15 '14 at 21:00
1
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U is for Unix Shell, 21 Characters → Score: 31

echo {a..z}|tr -d " "
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think printf '%s' {a..z} would shave off some chars \$\endgroup\$ Jun 21 '20 at 6:04
1
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V is for VBScript, 40 Characters → Score: 48

for i=97 to 122:a=a+chr(i):next:MsgBox a
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P is, in fact, for PHP - 23 chars / 27 score

<?=join('',range(a,z));
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C is for Clojure - (39 or 53) + 7 = 46 or 60

No, it doesn't stand for C. In Clojure, all functions form closures, so I would argue this is a complete answer, in 39 bytes.

(doseq[c(range 97 123)](print(char c)))

But if you really want it with the main function, 53 bytes.

(defn -main[](doseq[c(range 97 123)](print(char c))))

But, this isn't a Clojuric way to solve this problem. Let's try something simpler (could be golfed for 4 bytes).

(print (apply str (map char (range 97 123))))

Much better, isn't it?

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N is for Nu, 35 Characters → Score: 37

(puts 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz')
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N is for Nim, 31 → Score: 34

for x in'a'..'z':stdout.write x
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Mouse, 26 + 5 = 31

97a:(a.123<^a.&DUP !'1+a:)

Which outputs:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

Note the lame way would be:

"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"

Which gets printed implicitly immediately (as string literals do, unfortunately), but it's 28 bytes.

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J is for Java - score: 84 characters + 4 = 88

interface a{static void main(String[]A){for(char c=65;c<91;System.out.print(c++));}}

This prints ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ instead of abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. If it's disallowed, one can simply set c to 97 (a) and loop until it reaches 123 ({) at the cost of one extra byte:

interface a{static void main(String[]A){for(char c=97;c<123;System.out.print(c++));}}
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V for VBA: 60

Sub VforVBA()
For i=1 To 26: a=a & Chr(64+i): Next: Debug.Print a
End Sub
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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you remove any of the spaces between the tokens? E.g. For i=1To26:a=a&Chr(64+i):Next:Debug.Print a \$\endgroup\$
    – Joey Adams
    Jul 15 '14 at 17:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoeyAdams edited as suggest \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex
    Jul 15 '14 at 22:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ Did you test this? Is "Fori" treated as "For i"? \$\endgroup\$
    – Joey Adams
    Jul 16 '14 at 13:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @joeyAdams Yea you're correct, indeed the 1To26 and other parts won't work as well. I have changed it back to origin answer \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex
    Jul 16 '14 at 14:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Alex I think you can remove some spaces (i = 1, : a = a & Chr(64 + i), : Next: Debug) \$\endgroup\$ Aug 3 '16 at 9:54
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S is for seed7, 137 114 78 characters → Score: 83

const proc: main is func begin writeln("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz");end func;
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F is for Funge → 19 chars + 5 = 24

'\`#;1+::,"@9"+\`#@_;

Something that makes this unique is that it doesn't contain a single letter of the alphabet! Hence why I didn't shorten it by replacing "@9"+ with 'y. I'll take the points hit for it.

Try it with my interpreter here: BefungeSharp.

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Python, 36 + 6 = 42

print''.join(map(chr,range(97,123)))

Not the shortest...

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R, 26 bytes (score 27)

paste(letters,collapse="")

Output:

[1] "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
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Y is for Yorick, 30+6 bytes → 36

system,"echo {a..z}|tr -d ' '"
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Z is for Zsh, 21+3 → 24 bytes

echo {a..z}|tr -d ' '

Try It Online!

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1
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B is for Bash, 11 -> 15 24

echo {a..z}

echo {a..z}|tr -d \ 
                   ^
                 space
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    \$\begingroup\$ Already posted by Eelvex, but sadly it is not valid, because not produces the exact required output. \$\endgroup\$
    – manatwork
    Apr 27 '16 at 15:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Don't take it the wrong way. Keep trying, keep posting. If you found this independently, you're very good. In the future, try answering less popular challenges. :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – wizzwizz4
    Apr 28 '16 at 16:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ ETHproductions, done. \$\endgroup\$
    – Scotow
    Jan 27 '18 at 23:24

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