Re: What is the smallest self-hosting language?

alexc@world.std.com (Alex Colvin)
6 Feb 2003 00:15:40 -0500

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From: alexc@world.std.com (Alex Colvin)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 6 Feb 2003 00:15:40 -0500
Organization: The World Public Access UNIX, Brookline, MA
References: 03-01-013 03-01-106 03-01-133 03-01-175
Keywords: practice, history
Posted-Date: 06 Feb 2003 00:15:39 EST

>> I found myself wondering what the smallest self-hosting language would
>> look like. In the same way that programmers find it fun to write the
>> smallest self-reproducing programs, it might be fun to try and write
>> the smallest self-hosting language.


An old candidate might be Calvin Mooers' TRAC language.
http://www.tracfoundation.org/
I believe it was the first language whose name was trademarked.
--
mac the naf
[Fortran was a trademark, but IBM gave it up. I wrote a lot of Trac in my
youth and don't ever recall seeing Trac in Trac, although it wouldn't be
very hard. -John]



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