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language A small, dynamically typed object-orientedlanguage, based purely on prototypes and delegation.
Self was developed by the Self Group at Sun MicrosystemsLaboratories, Inc. and Stanford University. It is an
experimental exploratory programming language.
Release 2.0 introduces full source-level debugging of
optimised code, adaptive optimisation to shorten compile
pauses, lightweight threads within Self, support for
dynamically linking foreign functions, changing programs
within Self and the ability to run the experimental Self
graphical browser under OpenWindows. Designed for
expressive power and malleability, Self combines a pure,
prototype-based object model with uniform access to state
and behaviour. Unlike other languages, Self allows objects to
inherit state and to change their patterns of inheritance
dynamically. Self's customising compiler can generate very
efficient code compared to other dynamically-typed
object-oriented languages.