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Print the following text and nothing else:

<html>
  <body>

    <p>HTML is kinda annoying</p>

  </body>
</html>
I'm happy I'm not a web developer.

The catch? Your code must fit the template: print(<?>), where ? can be any group of characters. You can paste your completed code (with the print(<>) part) into this Scastie to test it. When posting an answer, please mark it as a spoiler.

Here is the sbt configuration:

scalaVersion := "2.13.6"
addCompilerPlugin("org.typelevel" %% "kind-projector" % "0.13.0" cross CrossVersion.full)

scalacOptions ++= Seq(
  "-language:higherKinds",
  "-Ydelambdafy:inline",
  "-deprecation",
  "-encoding", "UTF-8",
  "-feature",
  "-unchecked",
  "-language:postfixOps"
)
libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "org.scala-lang.modules" %% "scala-xml" % "2.0.0",
  "org.scastie" %% "runtime-scala" % "1.0.0-SNAPSHOT"
)

Beware, while the configuration provides one hint, some of these are red herrings.

This is the md5 hash of my solution: 5aa91599e4a8e194b5097b36bdb3dabf. N.B. it looks like the hash didn't work well with newlines and certain other characters - it may have skipped over them entirely.

Hints:

Types are involved near the end, at least in the solution I had. > is a single token that isn't part of the XML, and it's not a method or field.

hyper-neutrino and pxeger found answers, but they use workarounds that I didn't intend to be used and should have thought of while writing the question. I'll award a 500 rep bounty to another answer, provided they meet certain criteria. This is the solution.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ So the challenge is essentially try to guess what your solution is? \$\endgroup\$
    – Luis Mendo
    Jun 18, 2021 at 16:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LuisMendo No, other solutions are okay too (preferred, really). The one with comments was just a really trivial one (that I should have disallowed). \$\endgroup\$
    – user
    Jun 18, 2021 at 16:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ May I ask what the downvotes are for? Is the question not well-specified or interesting enough? \$\endgroup\$
    – user
    Jun 18, 2021 at 18:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ I downvoted because I find challenge uninteresting, and I don't think it adds anything to the site. As I see it, it's just "try to guess the solution I wrote for this problem". It is not possible to assess the quality of an answer by objective, known-in-advance criteria. Note that other challenges with the programming-puzzle tag usually include those criteria. \$\endgroup\$
    – Luis Mendo
    Jun 18, 2021 at 20:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LuisMendo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I can't do much about the challenge seeming uninteresting to people, and I couldn't find any tie-breaker criteria that worked ([code-golf], [fastest-code], etc. don't make much sense here). \$\endgroup\$
    – user
    Jun 18, 2021 at 20:47

2 Answers 2

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print(<html>
   <body>

     <p>HTML is kinda annoying</p>

   </body>
 </html>)
 print("\nI'm happy I'm not a web developer.")
 //>)

Probably not intended :)

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is infuriating. +1 >(. If another answer with my intended solution doesn't pop up in a month or so, I'll accept this, but right now, I'm too angry to do so. \$\endgroup\$
    – user
    Jun 18, 2021 at 15:15
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+500
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print(<html>
   <body>

     <p>HTML is kinda annoying</p>

   </body>
 </html> + "\nI'm happy I'm not a web developer.")
 def x = (<x />)
Try it on Scastie!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Still not my intended solution, but nice find :P (I'll start a bounty in two days) \$\endgroup\$
    – user
    Jun 18, 2021 at 17:51

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