SPUG: Self-generating code: yea or nay? (was: Dijsktra is
dancerboy at strangelight.com
Tue Aug 13 00:11:58 CDT 2002
At 9:42 PM -0700 8/12/02, Marc M. Adkins wrote:
> > It sounds like all of the examples of "good" uses of self-generating
>> code are essentially *compilers* of some sort or other. Obviously a
>> compiler is going to generate code: that's what a compiler does.
>> That one may write a compiler *in* Perl that compiles *to* Perl may
>> seem a little twisted and confusing, but really it's no more twisted
>> than, say, all those C++ compilers out there which were mostly
>> written in C++.
>Artificial Intelligence, particularly Expert Systems, was done in Lisp for
>ever so long because it was possible to construct data structures that were
>then executed. Rules had to be able to generate more rules for knowledge to
>accumulate. So is the expert system 'compiling' expertise?
And does this constitute a "good" use of self-generating code? I
don't know very much about modern AI techniques, but my (limited)
understanding is that they rarely use this sort of approach anymore.
I'd be very interested to know more about this: are there any AI
experts on this list who would care to comment?
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