Programming with molecules

I’ve loved Homespring (the world’s favourite salmon-centric programming language) for a long time. Now I’ve finally gotten round to beginning the design for my own language, RBF (round-bottomed flask). To give you a taste of it, here’s the draft of a program that asks the user a question, and tells them if they have the correct answer or not:

Commercially available What’s_six_times_four? was distilled under reduced pressure at 175 oC, affording a light yellow oil.

To a magnetically stirred solution of 24-rightyo aldehyde (1 mmol) and you_lie methyl ketone (1 mmol) in DCM (10 mL) was added input alcohol (1 mmol) and two drops of concentrated sulfuric acid. The resulting mixture was heated under refluxing conditions for 0.5 h, concentrated under reduced pressure, and the residue thus obtained was subjected to flash chromatography (silica, ethyl acetate). Concentration of the fraction eluting at Rf = 0.9 resulted in a pale-yellow oil.

You can follow the design (currently a disorganised smattering of thoughts) over at the RBF github repository.

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    One Response to “Programming with molecules”

    1. Luke
      20 April 2013 at 10:48

      Kind of hilarious. I feel an urge to make an interpreter for this.

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