Sifting Out the Gold: Delivering Compact Applications From an Exploratory Object-Oriented Environment

Ole Agesen and David Ungar
Abstract: 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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