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Definitional Interpreters for Higher-Order Programming Languages

I just became aware that this seminal paper by John Reynolds was republished by HOSC in 1998, making it available online. (Thanks, Olivier and Carolyn!) If you've never read it and you are interested in programming languages then I suggest you read it immediately. It introduced the term metacircular interpreter and the concept of defunctionalization, as well as being one of the first clear explanations of continuation passing style. The paper is accompanied by a new forward written by John, Definitional Interpreters Revisited.

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Doh, $32 for the electronic version.
 
It's available at HOSC: Definitional Interpreters for Higher-Order Programming Languages for free
 
Oops, sorry, that was the new preface. This is it really
 
u chattin sum crazy shit der
 
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