MINC is a data specification language written in the mid-1980s by a Princeton University
Princeton University
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 graduate student named Lars Graf.

It contains many (though not all) of the syntactical capabilities of the C programming language, and can be used to implement simple procedural programs that can be executed by a runtime parser (that is to say, MINC does not need to be compiled in any way).

MINC continues to be used only in a handful of programs written in the 1980s (e.g. Real-Time Cmix
Real-time Cmix
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). It has been for all intents and purposes superseded by modern scripting languages such as Perl
Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language to make report processing easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions and become widely popular...

, Python
Python (programming language)
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, and Tcl
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The most controversial aspect of the language seems to be whether it is pronounced "mink" or "min-see".

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