The first project to be created after Kvikkalkul returned
to the public eye in 1994 was kvik, a "Kvikkalkul
Compiler" by Asher Hoskins, whose e-mail address at the time
Here's what Asher had to say about his work when it was
A few weeks ago somebody posted a description
of a Swedish military programming language called Kvikkalkul
The posting was probably a troll but I was feeling silly so
I decided to write a compiler for it. The compiler
translates the code into C.
The start of the original Kvikkalkul news posting
contained dire warnings about what would happen to anyone
who was caught in possession of the information in Sweden -
you've been warned! :-)
This compiler has so far been tested on a Sun386i running
SunOS 4.0.2 and a SPARCstation IPX running SunOS 4.1.3_U1,
I've no idea whether it'll run on anything else, let me know
if there are any hacks necessary to compile it for other
- kviksrc: Assorted Kvikkalkul source code.
- src: The compiler source, look in its README
file for information on making and running the compiler.
- text: Assorted text files. Mostly notes I made
during development, but includes a list of all standard
library routines and the two news postings that brought
knowledge of kvikkalkul to the world (the first of which,
'posting1', is a useful Kvikkalkul manual).
I haven't found any bugs in this version, but somebody
probably will ...
If you do could you please mail me?