C++ Templates as Partial Evaluation

@inproceedings{Veldhuizen1999CTA,
  title={C++ Templates as Partial Evaluation},
  author={Todd L. Veldhuizen},
  booktitle={PEPM},
  year={1999}
}
This paper explores the relationship between C++ templates and partial evaluation. Templates were designed to support generic programming, but unintentionally provided the ability to perform compile-time computations and code generation. These features are completely accidental, and as a result their syntax is awkward. By recasting these features in terms of partial evaluation, a much simpler syntax can be achieved. C++ may be regarded as a two-level language in which types are first-class… CONTINUE READING
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