Sifting Out the Gold: Delivering Compact Applications
From an Exploratory Object-Oriented Environment
Ole Agesen and David Ungar
Integrated, dynamically-typed object-oriented programming environments
offer many advantages, but have trouble producing small, self-contained
applications. Recent advances in type inference have made it possible to
build an application extractor for Self. The extractor was able to extract
a medium-sized application in a few minutes. The extracted application
runs in a tenth the space of the original environment. Except for extracting
reflection and sends with computed selectors, the extractor runs without
human intervention and fully preserves the behavior of the application.
Proceedings of the ACM OOPSLA'94 Conference, Portland, OR, October 1994.
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