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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.
  • The programming language should have existed prior to the writing of this post, on this eighteenth of April 2011.
  • 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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  • \$\begingroup\$ Are we allowed to print junk to stderr? \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Taylor 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
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is anyone going to update the rankings? \$\endgroup\$ – 12Me21 Feb 1 '18 at 15:17

120 Answers 120

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PHP, 26 characters -> Score: 29

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
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1
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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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1
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F is for F#, 36 characters -> Score: 38

printf("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz")
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1
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Wake

all: "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
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1
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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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1
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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
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C++, 32 + 3penalty = 35

I could not find C++. So this is my option for it:

char a=96;while(a++<122)cout<<a;

the output is:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

PS. It's my first golf, pls comment if i did something wrong

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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
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U is for Unix Shell, 21 Characters → Score: 31

echo {a..z}|tr -d " "
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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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1
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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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1
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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\$ – Erik the Outgolfer 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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L is for Lua, 49 bytes → Score: 52

Previous answer for Lua had each letter printed on a new line. All on one line:

s=""for i=97,122 do s=s..("").char(i)end print(s)

Try it online!

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P is for Powershell, 19 + 10 = 29

Because I'm bored at the moment, I hope you don't mind if I put up a quick PS that wouldn't have contended anyways...

97..122|%{[char]$_}

Simple char typecasting. You can shave off one byte by doing the alphabet in all caps.

65..90|%{[char]$_}
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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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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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S is for SmileBASIC, 39 37 bytes

FOR I=65TO 90?CHR$(I);:NEXT
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    \$\begingroup\$ I do not believe you have properly read the scoring rules for this challenge. Your score is the length of your code plus the length of the language name. \$\endgroup\$ – Pavel Feb 3 '17 at 6:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fixed, sorry. (padding) \$\endgroup\$ – snail_ Feb 3 '17 at 13:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ You can save 2 characters by adding 65 to the start/end of the loop. \$\endgroup\$ – 12Me21 Feb 3 '17 at 13:58
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S is for SMBF, 10 chars -> Score: 14

SMBF stands for Self-modifying Brainf***, and both names are used interchangeably. The original interpreters were named smbf.c and smbf.rb.

\x1a is a hex literal (a single non-printable ASCII character) for the decimal number 26.

<[-<.+>]a\x1a

The \x1a is used as a loop counter. a is printed and incremented each time.

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R is for R, 17 bytes Score -> 18

intToUtf8(97:122)

Try it online!

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M is for M, 20 characters → Score: 21

let s={"a".."z"}in s

(M language reference)

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B is for Brachylog, 2 bytes → Score:11

(not competing though I guess)

Ạẉ

Try it online!

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