Brainfuck is an amusing and minimalistic programming language which doesn't serve any real purpose except being a funny joke, challenging programmers and testing the boundaries of computer language design.

Warning! Brainfuck isn't suitable for practical use when programming!

This is a piece of source code like Ed in Brainfuck language:


The following was offered from Andrea Bolognani, with this comment:

The above version reads from standard input until it encounters a EOF character, and then starts printing ? in an infinite loop. I've written a drop-in replacement…as an added bonus, this version uses only 69 instructions, which is 30 less than the one above.


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The Free Software Foundation claims no copyright on this joke.

The code from Andrea Bolognani is licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL, version 2 or later.