It is AWESOME!
I mean check out the FizzBuzz example:
Midnight takes your heart and your soul While your heart is as high as your soul Put your heart without your soul into your heart Give back your heart Desire is a lovestruck ladykiller My world is nothing Fire is ice Hate is water Until my world is Desire, Build my world up If Midnight taking my world, Fire is nothing and Midnight taking my world, Hate is nothing Shout "FizzBuzz!" Take it to the top If Midnight taking my world, Fire is nothing Shout "Fizz!" Take it to the top If Midnight taking my world, Hate is nothing Say "Buzz!" Take it to the top Whisper my world
Here’s that code run through a Rockstar to Python transpiler:
def Midnight(your_heart, your_soul): while your_heart >= your_soul: your_heart = your_heart - your_soul return your_heart Desire = 100 my_world = False Fire = 3 Hate = 5 while not my_world == Desire: my_world += 1 if Midnight(my_world, Fire) == False and Midnight(my_world, Hate) == False: print("FizzBuzz!") continue if Midnight(my_world, Fire) == False: print("Fizz!") continue if Midnight(my_world, Hate) == False: print("Buzz!") continue print(my_world)
That’s not bad! Of course, changing the problem definition from “FizzBuzz” to “Fuck you” is waaaay more rock n’ roll (and funny).
Interestingly, the “minimal Rockstar” version (i.e., using only basic features and programming oriented variable names) isn’t terrible:
Modulus takes Number and Divisor While Number is as high as Divisor Put Number minus Divisor into Number (blank line ending While block) Give back Number (blank line ending function declaration) Limit is 100 Counter is 0 Fizz is 3 Buzz is 5 Until Counter is Limit Build Counter up If Modulus taking Counter, Fizz is 0 and Modulus taking Counter, Buzz is 0 Say "FizzBuzz!" Continue (blank line ending 'If' Block) If Modulus taking Counter and Fizz is 0 Say "Fizz!" Continue (blank line ending 'If' Block) If Modulus taking Counter and Buzz is 0 Say "Buzz!" Continue (blank line ending 'If' Block) Say Counter (EOL ending Until block)
Indeed, it’s basically verbose Python.
My favourite part is the “poetic” syntax for number literals. This is where the magic happens:
A poetic number literal begins with a variable name, followed by the keyword is, or the aliases was or were. As long as the next symbol is not a reserved keyword, the rest of the line is treated as a decimal number in which the values of consecutive digits are given by the lengths of the subsequent barewords, up until the end of the line. To allow the digit zero, and to compensate for a lack of suitably rock’n’roll 1- and 2-letter words, word lengths are parsed modulo 10. A period (.) character denotes a decimal place. Other than the first period, any non-alphabetical characters are ignored.
That’s crazy! Consider the first example:
Tommy was a lovestruck ladykiller.
Tommy is the variable,
was is an alias for the assignment operator. The rest of the line is a numeric literal.
a has length 1, so it represents the digit 1.
ladykiller each have length 10, so given that 10 mod 10 is 0 each represent a 0. Thus the whole line assigns 100 to
It’d be interesting to design a folk variant.