Linked Questions

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Headers in verbose languages [duplicate]

Some high level programming (this doesn't apply to most scripts) require an header that do not really affect the code - in a golfing context - and are unnecessary. Should this part of the code be ...
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Creating a language conversion table [duplicate]

Edit: This is not the same as Language Handicap. Language Handicap advocated for a fixed number of characters to be subtracted, which really only applies to a subset of languages, such as C++. I am ...
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How can we help users who are put off by the use of golfing languages?

Every other month someone expresses their (negative) feelings about golfing languages. Here is how this usually goes: they complain that they don't enjoy golfing in the languages they know because ...
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J and GolfScript suck all the enjoyment out of Code Golf

I have found code-golf a fascinating pastime for several weeks now. However, I’m already losing interest because the contests allow any language, and because of that it is pretty much impossible for ...
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Programming in Minecraft (Redstone) - how to measure program size?

Since programs may be created in vanilla (un-modded) Minecraft using redstone to create logic gates (and more), someone could create such a program for a challenge on this site. How would such an ...
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Disallowing Explicit Exclusion of Languages

We've had discussion on a related topic before, where the general consensus is that challenges should be language-agnostic by default, but specific-language challenges were also acceptable within ...
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Fair size comparison across languages with different source alphabets

For fair comparison of codegolf solutions in languages with different source alphabets, there should be a common unit of information. Most sizes here are expressed in "characters" or "bytes", but not ...
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Proposal of new measure for “byte count” in code golf

Byte count is the default winning criterion in code golf. Counting bytes (as opposed to characters) is reasonable, because a language that uses more characters needs more bytes to define them. ...
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Define new languages?

Can I define some new languages, to be used in future code golfs? For example, CG-VB.NET would be a language which is equivalent to itself as VB.NET code, but wrapped in: ...
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Is the PHP opening tag mandatory in byte count?

After answering the first time on PPCG on "Source code ecological footprint" I had a little discussion about it. I found it's OK if your program throws notices or warnings. But I couldn't find ...
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Justification for use of custom Langs [duplicate]

Justification of user-created languages to gain an advantage in the future On my question, Rolling the Dice, I received this answer. In it @zocky asked about the justification of using ultra-short ...
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should imports/includes count in golf [duplicate]

follow the title mainly I'm asking this so I know whether to count all the import declarations that are required for the code to run successfully (especially when the import/include is required in ...
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Code challenge - do your best with limited code size. How much to allow?

I would like to make a code challenge (or a new type of challenge), which is based on code size, but in a "dual" way to code-golf: code size is limited, and the winner is whoever makes the best code (...