NOTE: The following is rated PG; programmer's guidance should be exercised.
For all those unfamiliar with Tenne-C, the comment delimiter is WHISPER. The computer stores all WHISPERed comments in memory, but the instruction execution unit can never quite decode them, so they are ignored. Some beta site users have reported an occasional problem with IBM clone machines. These machines may get slightly confused or mildly paranoid due to the whispered remarks in the background, but the effects are usually limited to an occasional mutterance printed on the display. Note that the optional extended obcenity instruction set should not be installed in clone machines. Should such a machine crash, you could be arrested for making an obscene clone fall.
Data is referred to as Ciphers; the start of a data section should be so labeled. Data which is external to a given file is denoted by the term YONDER, similar to the EXTERNAL directive.
Single arguments are not passed to functions individually; rather, multiple passes are made simultaneously to all functions. Thus, in Tenne-C, we speak of feuds rather than arguments. This is an extremely powerful, albeit somewhat destructive feature of Tenne-C.
Relational operators work similarly to those in other languages, but in Tenne-C these are called kinfolk operators. It will be noted that some of these interrelate better than others. Kinfolk operators include:
Bettern (mines) bettern (yourn) Boutlack (mines) boutlack (yourn) Nearlyboutlack (mines) nearlyboutlack (yourn) Worsern (yourns) worsern (mine) Nearlyboutsgoods (yourns) nearlyboutsgoods (mine) Lack (mines) lack (yourn) Sortalack (mines) sortalack (yourn) Differrtn (yourns) differrtn (mine)
The Boolean operators are somewhat different than most. Note the lack of AND and OR operators:
taint istoo tis aintdunnit nary nope
Variable assignments must be explicitly declared with the AHDODECLARE directive, although one declaration can serve a block of variables. Variable assignments can be quite interesting and flexible, as can be seen in the following examples:
ahdodeclare: a's nearlybout 3 b's zacktly 4 c's bout 2 d's morerless TWEV e's 2, an imeanit WHISPER a constant
Certain constants are implicit, such as SCOSHE, LIBBIT, FAV, SEM, NAN, LEM, TWEV, THUTTY, etc. Such obvious values need not be declared, as they reside in the liberry books.
Arrays must be declared with the AHDODECLARE statement, and are referred to as messa, as in:
Ahdodeclare(dinner) messa(fish) TWEV
Note that until you get the hang of array declarations, you may encounter a SYNTEXT ERROR; this is a syntax error which has been taken out of context.
The program section is referred to as CHORES and is labeled as such. Several loop and conditional constructs are available. These include the following:
Hauloff and do Fer, til loop Whol, longasyerattit Iffen, theyen Yehbut, nowait
Code is grouped into hopefully functional units with the standard,  and () operators, although they are given slightly different names. They are still called braces, but the  are called kibbuls and the () are called bits. Thus, you can have braces and bits or kibbuls and bits. Braces and kibbuls are, of course, meaningless.
If a KIBBITZ ERROR is encountered at compile time, that is a single kib [ with a pair of bits (). The ommision of a single ] can also result in a NO BULL! error. Very serious compiler errors will be preceeded by the SELF message. That's right, brace yourself. We're talking about such errors as SOURCE FILE TURNED TO TRASH, SOURCE FILE CONVERTED TO RUN FILE, HEX PUT ON SOURCE FILE, that sort of thing. Errors of this type will be followed by the message "START ALL OVER FROM SCRATCH," and the offending source file will, of course, be deleted.
Error messages can be quite strong indeed. We have one of the most arrogant compilers in the business, a source of great pride for us. Typical error messages include:
WELL, IF THAT AIN'T ABOUT THE DUMBEST DANG THANG I EVER SEEN! WHADJA DO THAT FER? ERROR TWENNY SEM, DUMB AICE! DAMMIT, BOY, HOW MANY TIMES I GOT TO TELL YOU?!
The compiler is referred to as the THRASHER and is invoked with the simple THRASH directive. BE SURE NOT TO OMIT THE "H" FROM THIS COMMAND!!! If you are unsure whether you want to compile the entire program, you may use the more general THRASH AROUND command.
Good Ol' Boy Systems still clings tenaciously to the notion that single-sided diskettes are better than double-sided diskettes. We maintain that a single-sided diskette is in opposition to the laws of physics as we know them today. However, we further maintain that, at some time in the future, Good Ol' Boy Systems will be the first to discover the unlimited storage of the heretofore undiscovered "nether side" of single-sided diskettes. Now THAT, folks, is virtual disk space.
A software linker is not yet available. Until the virtual disk space is truly solved, we strongly recommend double sided disk drives. You can then purchase our hardware linker, which allows you to superglue two single-sided diskettes together.
We're working on other things, too. For instance, there's our new operating system, MS-HOSS, with the 'Mater Vine file structure. And for 'Mater Vine support, there's 'Mater Stakes. And if you thought SideKick was good, wait til you see our new ButtKick utility. Expected to be widely available by the end of next month, regardless of what month this be, it is being developed using our powerful new Four Barrel Tenne-C. While we aren't yet ready to develop a Turbo Tenne-C, we feel that the high data compression ratio of Four Barrel Tenne-C will suffice.
Here is a sample of our work. This is part of our new floating point package, written in LOWLIFE, our low-level programming language.
UNSTACKUMDOTNUMBER WHISPER rip number off the stack JIP DOTREMOVER WHISPER jump if punctuated DONTDONOTHING WHISPER no op JUMPEM2DGITBACK WHISPER return GUMDROPS4EARPLUGS WHISPER sweet things in my ear
DOTREMOVER: RDLDOTNUMBER WHISPER Rikki, don't lose that number ASRDOTNUMBER WHISPER shift the number right JISPDOTREMOVER WHISPER jump if still punctuated ABSOLUTELYNOT WHISPER negate and take ABS BZZBZZBZZ WHISPER WHISPER WHISPER EM2DGITBACK: RTS WHISPER return to stack RETURNS WHISPER return estimated truncated WHISPER unary radix numerix stuff