On Nov 29, 12:19 am, Phil Rhoades <p... / pricom.com.au> wrote:
> Jordan,
>
>
>
> On Thu, 2007-11-29 at 08:49 +0900, MonkeeSage wrote:
> > On Nov 28, 12:08 pm, Phil Rhoades <p... / pricom.com.au> wrote:
> > > People,
>
> > > Would it be possible to use Ruby's metaprogramming ability to write
> > > something like Tierra?:
>
> > >http://www.nis.atr.jp/~ray/tierra/whatis.html
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> > >http://www.nis.atr.jp/~ray/pubs/images/
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> > > A quick summary for those who don't want to look at this site - Tierra
> > > is an artificial life program using a virtual computer and virtual
> > > machine code to allow "evolution" of self-reproducing code by mutation
> > > (bit-flipping).  Various "organisms" then evolve including hosts,
> > > parasites, immune hosts, hyper-parasites etc
>
> > > It would be a nice programming exercise for me (to learn more Ruby) if
> > > something like Tierra was possible using metaprogramming (or any other
> > > ruby facilities).
>
> > > Regards,
>
> > > Phil.
> > > --
> > > Philip Rhoades
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> > Sure, you can write a Game of Life in ruby. (You could even get fancy
> > and name it something else, like, say..."Tierra" ;P)
>
> >http://rubyforge.org/projects/rlife/
>
> I think you missed how Tierra is actually working  . .
>
> Phil.
> --
> Philip Rhoades
>
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> Australia
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Hi Phil,

Sorry about that. That was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. But the answer
is "yes" -- I don't see why you couldn't implement something like that
with ruby and metaprogramming (I thought the rlife project might be a
good starting point).

Regards,
Jordan