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Implement the simplest functional programming language

The goal of this challenge is to compare how well different programming languages support functional programming, by seeing how much code it takes to implement BLC8, the simplest functional ...
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Tips for Golfing in ARM

Because ARM is the July 2021 LoTM, I figured I'd create the tips thread. ARM is probably the most successful architecture for the digital world. From mobile phones to supercomputers, ARM is everywhere!...
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Tips for golfing in Z80 or SM83 machine code

There's only one question for machine-language golfing, and it's for the ia32 and amd64 architectures. Here's one for a predecessor of them: the Zilog Z80! The ISA is available here. As usual, if your ...
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Tips for golfing in x86/x64 machine code

I noticed that there's no such question, so here it is: Do you have general tips for golfing in x86/x64 machine code? If the tip only applies to a certain environment or calling convention, please ...
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Smallest possible runnable Mach-O executable

What is the smallest possible runnable Mach-O executable on x86_64? The program can do nothing (not even returning a return code), but must be a valid executable (must run without errors). My try: ...
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Bootloader golf: Brainf***

Create a bootloader that executes given Brainfuck program. This is code-golf, so the program with least bytes wins. Being a bootloader, the size of the program is counted in non-zero bytes in the ...
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write an "operating system" that dims Num Lock

I want to write x86 assembler code that can be used to boot your computer from and dims NumLock. This means you cannot rely on glibc or any other of these "comfi" libraries you cannot rely on the ...
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Self-contained hello-world program

I want a program that outputs "hello world" on console on my x86_64 based Linux computer. Yes, a complete program, not something silly that needs an interpreter or a compiler to work. You may: use ...
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Build the busiest beaver in x86 machine code in 32 bytes or less

Your task is to write a program in x86 machine language (any version you like) that will run through as many instructions as possible and then halt, using a maximum of 32 bytes of code and starting ...
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Branch differently in x86 / x86-64 using only printable visible ASCII characters in the machine code

The task is simple: write a program that branches differently in x86 (32-bit) and x86-64 (64-bit) using only printable visible ASCII characters 0x21...0x7e (space and del are not allowed) in the ...
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