Self-replicating programs (was: Which bio?)

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Posted by Robert Hill on June 27, 2006 at 19:05:44 from user eclrh.

In Reply to: Re: Which bio? posted by John on June 26, 2006 at 21:39:20:

Your invitation to a short bio is like asking a Lisper to write a program that replicates itself. In LISP it is 96 words, in Fortran it is 12 pages.

Whilst I make no claims for the elegance of Fortran, I have seen a self-replicating Fortran program about 8 lines long. A large part of it was a single FORMAT statement.

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