Randomized templating language DSL https://github.com/vmchale/madlang#readme
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Madlang DSL for generating random text
This is the Madlang DSL for generating text. You specify a template, and Madlang will create randomized text from the template.
It is an interpreted language, written in Haskell. It runs from the command line, but it is also a Haskell library that can be integrated into other projects.
There is also a vim plugin for syntax highlighting, available here.
It can be used for twitter bots (among other things) and provides human-readable syntax for the Markov chains that are often used to generate text.
An example is worth a thousand words, so suppose you wanted to generate a mediocre fortune telling bot. You could write the following code:
:define person 0.7 "A close friend will " 0.3 "You will " :define goodfortune 0.2 person "make rain on the planet Mars" 0.8 "nice things will happen today :)" :define fortune 0.5 "drink a boatload of milk" 0.5 "get angry for no reason" :define intense 1.0 person "wrestle in the WWE".to_upper 1.0 person "bite in a bottle of hot sauce".to_upper :return 0.7 person fortune 0.1 intense 0.2 goodfortune
There are two keywords in madlang:
:return is the main string we'll be spitting back, so there can be only one per file.
:define on the other hand can be used to make multiple templates. These templates are combinations of strings (enclosed in quotes) and names of other templates.
Of course, you can't have a circular reference with names - if
goodfortune depends on
fortune depends on
goodfortune, we end up with either no fortune or an infinite fortune. So we throw an error.
There is also a Shakespearean insult generator demo available in
Using the library
The main function you'll want to use is probably
runFile; it reads a file and generates randomized text:
λ:> runFile  "demo/shakespeare.mad" "Thou hasty-witted gleeking puttock!"
Haddock documentation of all library functionality is located here.
If you're on windows or linux, grabbing release binaries simplest. Find them here.
If you're on linux or mac, you can get up-to-date binaries via nix.
Download nix with
curl https://nixos.org/nix/install | sh
nix-env -i madlang will install the proper executables.
curl -sSL http://haskellstack.org | sh
stack install madlang --resolver nightly and you'll get the
madlang executable installed on your path. This may take a bit of time, as it will build all dependencies of
To use it, try
$ madlang run demo/shakespeare.mad
You can do
madlang --help if you want a couple other options for debugging.