November, 2008


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Nov 08

no country for boy’s compilers

During the first revision by the mythical committee of ALGOL, called ALGOL60, Donald Knuth proposed a mean for evaluating implementations of the language: the man or boy test.

This test involves a heavy use of closures and evaluating functions as first-class citizen in the programming language. If your programming language, either its design and implementation, can solve the test, you’re working on a mature compiler.