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Gofer is a lazy functional programming language for educational purposes, created by Mark P. Jones in the late 1980s. The Haskell precursor specializes in interactive and exploratory programming, making it easy to write and execute functions. Gofer uses an interpreter-style environment where expressions are entered at a prompt and evaluated immediately without needing main functions or I/O code usually required when working with compiled languages like C or Java. Its lightweight syntax makes it easy for beginners to learn about data types, pattern matching, list comprehensions, and other key concepts of functional programming without getting bogged down in complex language features found in more advanced FP languages like Miranda or Haskell itself.

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