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break-even point
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In the process of implementing a new computer language, the
point at which the language is sufficiently effective that one
can implement the language in itself. That is, for a new
language called, hypothetically, FOOGOL, one has reached
break-even when one can write a demonstration compiler for
FOOGOL in FOOGOL, discard the original implementation
language, and thereafter use working versions of FOOGOL to
develop newer ones. This is an important milestone. See MyFavourite Toy Language.