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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.

Current rankings:

Tell me if I'm missing anybody.

Automatic leaderboard (experimental)

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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\$ – user8397947 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\$ – Magic Octopus Urn Jun 6 '19 at 14:58

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U is for uBASIC, 30 + 6 = 36

Anonymous function that takes no input and outputs abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

0?"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"

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S is for SmileBASIC, 27 bytes + 10 = 37

FOR I=65TO 90?CHR$(I);
NEXT

Prints the alphabet in uppercase. (I'm not sure whether this is allowed, but other people are doing it so...)

Just 1 character shorter than the (even more) boring answer:

?"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
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F is for FALSE, 15 bytes +5 = 20

97[$'{-][$,1+]#

Doesn't use any letters!

Explanation:

97 {push 97 (ASCII for 'a')}
  [ {function start}
   $'{- {subtract '{' from the current letter}
       ] {function end}
        [ {function start}
         $, {print the current letter}
           1+ {add 1}
             ] {function end}
              # {while loop. Run the second function while the first doesn't return 0}
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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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  • \$\begingroup\$ The output is wrong. This one outputs the alphabet with one character per line instead of all on one line. \$\endgroup\$ – Joey Oct 31 '19 at 20:26
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JavaScript, 34 + 10 = 44

alert('abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz')
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  • \$\begingroup\$ alert(8337503854730415241050377135811259267835n.toString(36)) ;) \$\endgroup\$ – Kamil Kiełczewski Oct 7 '19 at 19:21
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PHP, 26 + 3 = 29

<?=implode('',range(a,z));
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Racket, 46 bytes (score 52)

(for((i 26))(display(integer->char(+ i 97))))
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I is for ICI, 37+3 bytes → 40

printf("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz");
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I is for Io, 35+2 bytes → 37

"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"println
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C is for Common Lisp, Score 35 + 11 => 46

(princ"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz")

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H is for HTML -> 4+31

<HTML/>abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

ps: browser will interpret the missing end tag

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    \$\begingroup\$ ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ is far better at 30. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik the Outgolfer Aug 3 '16 at 9:52
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P is for PowerShell, 15 bytes+10 = 25

-join('a'..'z')

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Uses the character range feature added in 6.0 to improve upon past answers.

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Z is for Zsh, 19 characters -> Score: 22

19 character solution thanks to @GammaFunction.

<<<${(j::):-{a..z}}

Another 18 character solution using Perl.

perl -eprint\ a..z
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    \$\begingroup\$ Not sure whether that would qualify for Zsh, it's more "Zsh+perl" (which would have a much larger penalty). You can get a pure Zsh answer in 19 characters, though: <<<${(j::):-{a..z}} \$\endgroup\$ – GammaFunction Sep 26 '19 at 9:05
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F is for Forth (gforth), 26 + 5 = 31

'{ 'a [do] [i] emit [loop]

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Two improvements over the submission by leancz 6 years ago:

  • An ASCII char prefixed with a quote gives the ASCII value of that char. So '{ saves a byte over 123. 'a is just for consistency.
  • The looping words including do and loop can't be used in interpreted mode, but gforth provides interpreted versions surrounded with brackets like [do] and [loop]. If a function uses three or less such words, using interpreted mode saves some bytes, as illustrated below.
\ using compiled mode
: a '{ 'a do i emit loop ; a
\ using interpreted mode
'{ 'a [do] [i] emit [loop]
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Canvas, 1 byte, score: 7

Try it online!

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CJam, 7 bytes, score: 11

Learnt this language just for solving this problem.

'{,'a,-

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Stax, 2 bytes, score: 6

Also, Stax has a built-in.

Va

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Gaia, 2 bytes, score: 6

₵a

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MathGolf, 1 byte, score: 9

Try it online!

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V (vim), 3 bytes, score: 4

¬az

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Japt, 2 bytes, score: 6

;C

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05AB1E, 1 byte, score: 7

A

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Wren, 58 bytes

The iteration method

System.printAll((97..122).map{|i|String.fromCodePoint(i)})

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Wren, 42 bytes

The boring method

System.print("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz")

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Jsonnet (with -S), 37 characters, score: 44

std.repeat("%c",26)%std.range(97,122)

Sample run:

bash-5.0$ jsonnet -Se 'std.repeat("%c",26)%std.range(97,122)'
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
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