Sample Programs 100 Languages Release

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Just before thanksgiving, I made my first formal release of the Sample Programs repository because we finally reached 100 languages. Let’s talk about how we got here.

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Launching the Project

I launched the Sample Programs project just 3 days before my wedding as an idea for 100 Days of Code. I thought maybe I could write a Hello World program with a brief article every day for 100 days, but that quickly became exhausting. In addition, I found that there were already several Hello World collections, so I didn’t feel like I was doing anything unique.

That said, I was having a lot of fun exploring languages that I had never even heard of such as Red, Wren, and Scala. However, at some point, the little Hello World in Every Language project began to outgrow itself.

Eventually, I decided to open up my project to other types of programs like fibonacci, factorial, and fizz buzz. At the same time, I abandoned the 100 Days of Code commitment, so I could focus on much more long term goals for the project.

Getting Some Help

Unfortunately, I had one major problem: I needed help to sustain the project. As a possible solution, I tried to leverage social media, but that ended up being a waste of time.

That was until I stumbled upon Ben Halpern’s twitter profile. See, I had been following a lot of tech folks with the hope that they may be interested in helping out with the project, but nothing was going my way. At some point, I ended up following Ben who founded dev.toOpens in a new tab., a tech community website.

Over time, I noticed that Ben would do weekly posts where developers could share their open-source projects, so I figured why the hell not? After dropping my project in the comments, I started to get a steady flow of contributors.

Thanks to Ben, I probably have 5 or so regular contributors which is insane to me. Overall, I’ve had 58 contributors as well as 99 stars and 78 forks since launching the project. I’d say that’s a very successful project for starting from nothing.

Of course, I don’t think the project really got the exposure it needed until October when I started to leverage Hacktoberfest, an annual pull request event. Just by tagging a few issues, I was able to get a wealth of contributors over the span of that month. In fact, the influx of contributions forced me to rework the project several times.

As a reaction, we began enforcing a program requirements file before we allow new program contributions. In addition, we launched a GitHub Pages siteOpens in a new tab. which hosts all of our documentation in the same repo. All-in-all, October had been very good to us.

Hitting 100 Languages

Well, I can’t exactly write an article declaring the 100 languages accomplishment without writing about it, so let’s take a look!

As of November 22nd, 2018, we’ve officially collected enough code snippets to cover 100 programming languages. Here’s the official list:

  • Agda
  • Abap
  • ALGOL68
  • Ada
  • AppleScript
  • Bash
  • Befunge
  • Brainfuck
  • Ballerina
  • C++
  • Crystal
  • COBOL
  • C*
  • C#
  • C
  • Carp
  • Chapel
  • Clipper
  • Dart
  • Dale
  • D
  • Dg
  • Elixir
  • Emojicode
  • Egison
  • Elm
  • Elena
  • Eve
  • Erlang
  • Fetlang
  • Ferret
  • Felix
  • Forth
  • FORTRAN
  • F#
  • Factor
  • Frege
  • Gravity
  • Goby
  • Google Apps Script
  • Go
  • Groovy
  • Golo
  • Haskell
  • Hack
  • Idris
  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • Julia
  • Koka
  • Kotlin
  • Kitten
  • Lily
  • Lolcode
  • Lua
  • Lisp
  • Little
  • MoonScript
  • MojiScript
  • MATLAB
  • Nim
  • Never
  • Owl Lisp
  • Orc
  • Opa
  • Objective C
  • OCAML
  • Octave
  • Odin
  • PHP
  • Python
  • PowerShell
  • Pascal
  • Pony
  • PicoLisp
  • Perl
  • Pyret
  • Quack
  • Rust
  • Ring
  • Rexx
  • Red
  • Ruby
  • R
  • Racket
  • Solidity
  • Swift
  • Shen
  • Scala
  • Scheme
  • Smalltalk
  • Tcl
  • Tex
  • TypeScript
  • Vimscript
  • Verilog
  • Visual Basic
  • Wren
  • Wu
  • Wyvern

If you’re interested in more information like the number of snippets or number of articles per language, check out the official release on GitHubOpens in a new tab..

Looking Ahead

Naturally, I can’t help but look ahead as I continue to watch the project grow. At 100 languages, we’ve just barely scratched the surface, so why would we stop now?

Coming up, I expect to publish a release for 250 code snippets by the end of the year. If I’m lucky, I might hit 100 articles as well, but we’ll see. In either case, expect another article like this one.

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Jeremy Grifski

Jeremy grew up in a small town where he enjoyed playing soccer and video games, practicing taekwondo, and trading Pokémon cards. Once out of the nest, he pursued a Bachelors in Computer Engineering with a minor in Game Design. After college, he spent about two years writing software for a major engineering company. Today, he pursues a PhD in Engineering Education in order to ultimately land a teaching gig. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, playing Overwatch and Phantasy Star Online 2, practicing trombone, watching Penguins hockey, and traveling the world.

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