Re: Introspection/Reflection

Francois-Rene Rideau <>
1 Dec 1999 23:43:09 -0500

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From: Francois-Rene Rideau <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 1 Dec 1999 23:43:09 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 99-11-118 99-11-123 99-11-135 99-11-152
Keywords: analysis

I've written (as I shouldn't have) a long reply to the recent thread
on Reflection that had a few flames about my page

Since the message is too long and mostly off-topic, I posted it
directly to and thread participants, extracting the
on-topic material in this post. I hope it was the Right Thing(tm) to
do. The full message can be found on the web at

Short summary: indeed the page had many shortcomings; I've just
revamped it, and hope it's better; constructive criticism
welcome. Additional chatter. A few ramblings on what a reflective
system would be like.

My message includes on topic question: are there known papers on
"reversible compilation", a technique whereby code can be efficiently
decompiled, allowing for reification of computation state that can be

> [I think I'll let you guys slug it out in private mail now. -John]

For those interested in the topic, may I suggest the various
mailing-lists hosted at as a suitable place to discuss
reflection? Criticism of the page and suggestion of new material is
welcome on review@, while discussion of reflective system designs can
be done in tunes@, and general philosophical ramblings are is fit for

A list of mailing-lists and web interface to their archives is at
Please note that not all mailing-lists archived there depend from the TUNES
project; for instance, we have web archives of the gclist and virtmach
mailing-lists that spawned off comp.compilers.

I hope this message puts a useful end to this thread here.
Best regards,

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