This is my first contest, so please tell me what I can do to improve.

The object of this contest is to write program lines in your language of choice that are both valid code and self-descriptive in English, such as this Golfscript program:

This program outputs 4 twice.

You may use any language features, libraries, #defines, etc. that you want; however, a setup must not be over 10 lines (no, you can't cheat using ; or any such line separator :P).

The program with the most upvotes by midnight on October 1st wins.


closed as too broad by Peter Taylor, hmatt1, ProgramFOX, overactor, Martin Ender Sep 20 '14 at 8:53

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ I'd say you may want to reword 'Must not be over 10 lines' since technically a full-blown program can be on one continuous line. Maybe adding a character restriction per line or overall character limit. \$\endgroup\$ – Xrylite Sep 20 '14 at 0:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ 1. I'm not sure what the line limit is going to accomplish. As a fellow GolfScriptling, you know hat some languages aren't even organized by lines. 2. Self-descriptive code is the exact opposite of obfuscation. 3. The code-challenge tag is only for questions that are not covered by code-golf, popularity-contest, etc. \$\endgroup\$ – Dennis Sep 20 '14 at 1:13
  • 2
    \$\begingroup\$ is any language allowed? \$\endgroup\$ – user25169 Sep 20 '14 at 7:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ This was a bad idea from the start, I'll admit. I just wanted to do something like the "aphorism" challenge, but I didn't want a duplicate. \$\endgroup\$ – Josiah Winslow Sep 20 '14 at 14:53


# This "program" does nothing and assumes "valid code" means it doesn't throw an error.

You might want to tighten up the rules a bit.



This was too easy...

#define This int
#define program main(){
#define prints printf(
#define and );
#define exits }

This program prints "Hello world!" and exits


This program outputs 99 verses in the manner:
"N bottles of beer on the wall
N bottles of beer
Take one down and pass it around
N-1 bottles of beer on the wall",
where N is replaced by numbers from 99 to 1
and 1-1=0 is replaced by "No more".
After that there is hundredth verse:
"No more bottles of beer on the wall
No more bottles of beer
Go to the store and buy some more
99 bottles of beer on the wall".

OS X say

say whatever you want man!

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.