Mnemonics

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Mnemonics can assist with remembering the meaning of APL glyphs where on they keyboard they are found for typing them. Both of these skills are essential for an effective APL programmer. This article currently provides examples such aide-mémoires, but will be completed in due time.

The Grade glyphs look like supersonic transports

Pairing glyphs with their meaning

and give the indices (grades) needed to sort ascending and descending respectively, and look like an ascending and descending supersonic transport, respectively.

, , and reverse or transpose an array over a given axis. The part of the glyphs symbolise the array, while the line component (|, \, or -) indicates the line across which the reversal/transposal is done.

is matrix divide with a symbolising a matrix and an inscribed ÷ for "divide".

Pairing glyphs/functionality with their keyboard locations

Below is a US English APL keyboard layout (from Dyalog APL), annotated with short mnemonics. Some of the mnemonics are then fully explained.

Keyboard Mnemonics.png

begins new APL expressions just like this button begins the main section of the keyboard.
is a modified version of , so it is Shift+.

¨ applies a function to each 1 of the argument elements, so it is on APL+1.
looks like a Roman numeral 1, so it also lives on the 1.

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