Quines Metaprogramming Programming

Quines are programs that generate themselves as output (without trivial "cheats" such as reading their own source code). The term was coined by Douglas R. Hofstadter, and is named after the famous twentieth-century philosopher Willard V. O. Quine.

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See Also:
  • A GNU Make Quine - This is a quine written for "make", specifically the gnu version.
  • Quines - An essay on quines, programs which produce their own listing quines as output.
  • The Quine Page - Examples of self-reproducing programs in various languages, with some extensions, including polyglot quines, iterating quines, and quine generators.

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