APL Orchard

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The APL Orchard is a Stack Exchange chat room dedicated to learn and teach APL, and to ask and answer questions about both golfing and general coding in APL. It began on January 24, 2017, and remains the most active APL chat room today, passing a hundred thousand messages and two hundred users in July, 2020.


While anyone can read the ongoing and past conversations, write access requires a Stack Exchange account and either 20 Stack Exchange reputation points or having been granted explicit write access by a moderator. The procedure for getting explicit write access is as follows:

  1. Go to the chat room
  2. Click the giant lower-left avatar
  3. Click "user profile"
  4. Copy the URL of the page that opens (e.g. "https://chat.stackexchange.com/users/123456/johndoe")
  5. Email that URL to support@dyalog.com

Chat bot

The room features a chat bot which can evaluate safe APL. To use it, prefix a chat message, inline code, or a code block with . Using markdown (for example `⋄ 2+3`) or fixed-width (4 or more initial spaces on each line, which can be inserted by pressing Ctrl+K) is recommended to ensures proper rendering with monospace font, and avoids interpretation of APL symbols as markdown.

Live sessions

APL Cultivation

Main article: APL Cultivation

From 18 October 2017 until 16 May 2018, Adám Brudzewsky ran a series of 29 weekly 90-minute study sessions, covering most aspects of basic APL programming. Beginning 28 November 2019, he resumed the series with 20 more in-depth lessons every two weeks, ending 25 August, 2020.

APL Seeds

Main article: APL Seeds

On 10 June 2020, Marshall Lochbaum began running a series on implementing APL. It is scheduled to run every two weeks, on weeks without APL Cultivation chat lessons.


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