This programming language may be used to instruct a computer to perform a task.
Thyrd is an experimental, reflective, visual programming language and environment. In Thyrd, both data and code are stored in cells situated in nested two-dimensional grids. The user interface animates the transition from a cell to its subordinate or superordinate grid to help keep the user oriented in the hierarchical grid structure. All operations the user can perform to edit the structure are implemented as operators in the Thyrd language, thus a Thyrd program can inspect and modify itself or other programs in the same space.
Thyrd is a member of the Forth family of languages. Thyrd is a postfix concatenative language most similar to Joy in that it uses quotation and combinators to implement iteration and recursion. The environment provides a viewer that animates the stacks of a Thyrd program and allows the program to be stepped both forwards and backwards.
The primary view of Thyrdspace is a 2D grid of text and icons. A view may be overlaid with a panel consisting of arbitrary widgets editing the contents of individual cells or an entire grid. A Thyrd application can be constructed in which all of the code and data are hidden behind panels and revealed only at the user's request.