Writing a triple polyglot script

In the previous post I've described how to write a script that's both valid Ruby and Python. Then I came up with the idea of adding Perl on top if it.

So, the basic form of the polyglot code (with slight modifications) is this:

(0 and eval("puts 1") or 1) or eval(compile("print(2)", "", "exec"))

Now, if I could find a value that sets Perl apart from Ruby & Python and add it to the expression above, I'd be able to run some code via eval. Luckily, quick google search revealed that "0" is falsey in Perl. After a bit of tinkering I've managed to construct something like this:

(0 and (eval("puts 1") or 1)) or ("0" and (eval(compile("print(2)", "", "exec")) or 1)) or eval("print 3;")

That's quite a lot of brackets to make non-lisper's eyes bleed, so here's the brief summary of what's going on:

(0 and (<ruby_expr> or 1))
  or ("0" and (<python_expr> or 1))
    or <perl_expr>

making code "readable"

Again, this is still not enough for me, since I wanted placeholders that would let me write more "readable" code inside eval calls (read: multiline strings).

And this is where I encountered a small problem. Python supports multiline strings only via triple-quotes. Perl (unlike Ruby) raises syntax error on that. So I needed some workaround.

The solution was to use q "function" in Perl:

substr(q("""
<perl_stmts>
"""), 3, -3)

Syntax is still valid in 3 languages. But there's a catch - q function does not exist in Ruby and Python, but defining it should be easy using the same techniques described earlier:

(0 and eval("def q(x) x end", binding)) or ("0" and (eval(compile("def q(x):\n return x", "", "exec")) or 1));

Now we can wrap the rest of the strings in q identity function, and we're done.

creating a "practical" application

I didn't spend so much time just for nothing, so here's a working fizzbuzz example:

(0 and eval("def q(x) x end", binding)) or ("0" and (eval(compile("def q(x):\n return x", "", "exec")) or 1));

(0 and (eval(q("""
1.upto(100){|i|puts ('fizzbuzz '[n=i**4%-15,n+13] || i.to_s).rstrip}
""")) or 1)) or ("0" and (eval(compile(q("""
for i in range(1,101): print('fizz'*(i%3==0) + 'buzz'*(i%5==0) or i)
"""), "", "exec")) or 1)) or eval(substr(q('''
print "fizz"x!($_ % 3) . "buzz"x!($_ % 5) || $_ , "\n" for 1 .. 100;
'''), 3, -3))

Triple-hirable.

January 28, 2020 ยท code