Fractan; you thought BrainF*ck was esoteric

Daan van Berkel

Lightning talk - in English

There is a plethora of esoteric languages that are not meant to be usefull, but serve a different role. Fractan is one of the more esotoric languages.

Proposed by John H. Conway of "Game of Life" fame, a Fractan program consist of a number N and a sequence of fractions. As a language it is Turing Complete and therefor capable of performing any computation your fancy machine can.

During this lightning talk I will takke you on a whirlwind tour of Fractan, show you how the pieces fit together and we will program in it as well.