Typed Self-Applicable Meta-Programming
- Author(s): Brown, Matt
- Advisor(s): Palsberg, Jens
- et al.
Self-applicable meta-programming has its roots in the early days of
Two early examples were published in 1936: the universal Turing
machine, and a self-interpreter for the λ-calculus.
These were major advances in computability theory, but
self-application has a long history of practical uses as well.
Many languages have self-interpreters or self-hosting compilers.
Others support self-applicable meta-programming as a general-purpose
technique that enables elegant solutions to many problems.
Until now, these techniques have been incompatible with static type
checking, which has many benefits of its own.
In this thesis I present techniques for practical self-applicable
meta-programming for statically typed languages.