[REBOL] Reflexology limits?
From: sunandadh::aol::com at: 30-Dec-2001 4:15
Rebol is a reflective language. The Core User Guide says, for example:
Reflective Properties: The specification of all functions can be obtained
and manipulated during run-time.
That, and Romano's thread "Hack", got me thinking about (what Joel rightly
named) a parlor game to test the limits of this statement.
1. Source of a Child function
1a. Print the source of an arbitrary named function before and after you
call it That's so easy I'll solve it to get us started:
1b. Ditto for an unnamed function
2. Source of the currently executing function
Print it given ....
2a. ... it is a named function and it knows its own name (easy)
2b. ... it is a named function that does not know its own name. That is it
should continue to work after this sequence:
PrintSelf: func  [...your code here...]
PrintSelf ;; does exactly that
ClonePrintSelf ;;Prints its own code
(Hint: See Romano's Hack)
2. ... it is an unnamed function (same hint).
3. Source of Parent function
Print the source of your parent (i.e. the function that called you), given
3.a ... your parent has a name.
The following code is disqualified in advance:
PrintParent: func [ParentFunc [word!]] [
AnyFunc: func  [PrintParent 'AnyFunc]
Why? Because it isn't guaranteed to print the source of the parent, only the
source of the word passed into it.
3.b ....your parent doesn't have a name.
I can think of a (slightly contrived) reason why I'd want solutions to 3a and
3b....I want to write a function that only responds to authorised callers. A
caller is assumed authorised if the length and checksum/secure of its molded
source is on an approved list.
And a happy new year to us all!