Hello World

Normally, there isn’t a computer-related topic covered in a Robonk comic strip. Today, strip #00200 was an exception.

Robonk #00200

There’s a lot of truth to the saying that “if you have to explain it, it isn’t funny”. Thankfully, some viewers will get the joke, and also, it’s just one strip rather than a series.

Okay, what does it mean?

“Hello, World” is a common starting point for working with a programming language. It was created by Brian Kernighan, who is best known for writing the book The C Programming Language with Dennis Ritchie, creator of the language (and co-creator of UNIX).

Two programming languages, Perl and PHP, are used for the Robonkers system that generates scripts for the comic strips. Below are ways to Hello World in Perl and PHP.


print "Hello World\n";


print "Hello World\n"; 

The escape sequence “\n” in the above examples is for a new line and was popularized by the C programming language.


|           D A T A           |
SINGLE_FEMALE_SEEKING_MALE (4) Single female, seeking male

Age/Gender: 27F
Hello world
Weight: 130lbs
Height: 5'2"

Let's do something.

|        C H A T L O G        |
Welcome to your therapy session.
Your therapist's name is Robonk.

Robonk:	Hello, I am a computer program.
human:	Hello world
Robonk:	How do you do. Please state your problem.
human:	Let's do something.
Robonk:	I'm not sure I understand you fully.