Constructing a metacircular Virtual machine in an exploratory programming environment

@inproceedings{Ungar2005ConstructingAM,
  title={Constructing a metacircular Virtual machine in an exploratory programming environment},
  author={David M. Ungar and Adam Spitz and Alex Ausch},
  booktitle={OOPSLA Companion},
  year={2005}
}
Can virtual machine developers benefit from religiously observing the principles more often embraced for exploratory programming? To find out, we are concurrently constructing two artifacts--a Self VM entirely in Self (the Klein VM), and a specialized development environment--with strict adherence to pure object-orientation, metacircularity, heavy code reuse, reactivity, and mirror-based reflection. Although neither artifact is yet complete, the environ-ment supports many remote debugging and… CONTINUE READING
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