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In 2018, Dylan Beattie invented a programming language called Rockstar. Originally created as a joke, the Rockstar language inspired a community of developers to turn that joke into reality, and within a few weeks there were multiple working implementations of the Rockstar programming language.
Rockstar is just one example of an esoteric language, or esolang – a programming language designed around artificial constraints, created for fun rather than to solve any real-world problem. Esolangs range from whimsical languages inspired by music, art and literature, to completely incomprehensible languages designed to be almost impossible to work with – but underneath any esolang compiler you’ll find the same patterns, techniques and principles used to interpret and compile “real” programming languages like C and Go.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a parser and interpreter for the Rockstar esoteric language, using .NET, C#, and an open source library called Pegasus. You’ll learn how to build up a complete language in stable increments, adding features to the grammar, the parser and the interpreter. You’ll learn how to implement function calls, flow control and recursion, and what’s actually happening “under the hood” to control features like variable scope and operator precedence.
By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a working Rockstar interpreter built in .NET, you’ll have a rich understanding of exactly how parsers and interpreters work - and you’ll be a bona fide, 100%, certified Rockstar Developer.
The number of participants is limited.
Approximate duration: 4 hours. Starts on May 26, at 2:00 p.m. till 6 p.m. (GMT+3).
The event will be held in English.
The workshop is run fully online, using Zoom and various online collaboration tools.
You’ll need a computer with a working .NET development environment. MacOS, Linux or Windows are all supported, and Visual Studio Code with a recent version of the .NET SDK will work just fine.
If you can run dotnet new console and then dotnet run, you’ll be fine.
— Dylan Beattie created his first web page in 1992;
— With nearly 25 years’ experience as a professional developer, he’s worked on everything from static websites to distributed microservice architectures;
— Dylan is a Microsoft MVP and the creator of the Rockstar esoteric programming language;
— He’s presented talks about technology and software development at conferences and events all over the world;
Introduction to esoteric languages
How programming languages actually work
Creating a parser with .NET
Building an interpreter in .NET
Access to the online workshop
Access to the online workshop
Access to the workshop recording
Access to the chat, where the speaker will answer any questions during the month
Fwdays is Ukrainian company, that is why payment for services is made in the national currency of Hryvnia. You can see the approximate price in Euros at blocks with the price.
There is limited space available and we’d love to see you there, so please buy a ticket to secure your spot!