Expressions that talk about themselves


Fokkinga, Maarten (1996) Expressions that talk about themselves. The Computer Journal, 39 (5). pp. 408-412. ISSN 0010-4620

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Abstract:In this paper we explain, independent of any formalism, how to construct an expression in a formal system that ‘does something with itself’. As an application of this procedure we show how to construct a program that writes its own text, lay-out included. The emphases is on the systematic development in concrete programming languages, rather than on the abstract theory or the end result (which, indeed, are not new at all).
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Copyright:© 1996 Oxford Journals
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