Smalltalk is written in itself. It's quite useful! You can understand  
a lot about a language if it has such a high level of self- 
describingness. Rubinius is such a project.

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On 08/02/2009, at 10:40 PM, Dylan Evans <dylan.star / gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 8, 2009 at 7:45 PM, Eelco <catsquotl / gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi there,
>>
>> I am new to programming and ruby.. Trying to read through the  
>> pickaxe and
>> do the exercises on Sphere Online Judge.
>> I was wondering is there a ruby written ruby interpreter available?  
>> somehow
>> i`d like to be able to read the interpreter source.
>>
>> greetz Cat
>>
>>
> It seems to me that would be pointless, since it would require another
> interpreter to function. Of course the other alternative would be to  
> write a
> ruby compiler which would be awkward in a dynamic language. Of  
> course if it
> wasn't actually compiled then you would have the overhead of  
> interpreting a
> stack of ruby. Why would you want a ruby interpreter written in ruby?
>
>
> -- 
> The UNIX system has a command, nice ... in order to be nice to the  
> other
> users. Nobody ever uses it." - Andrew S. Tanenbaum