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bootstrap

Noun1.bootstrap - a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on
Verb1.bootstrap - help oneself, often through improvised means
1.(operating system)bootstrap - (From "to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps") To load and initialise the operating system on a computer. Normally abbreviated to "boot".

See bootstrap loader.
2.(compiler)bootstrap - (From "to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps") to use a compiler to compile itself.

The usual process is to write an interpreter for a language, L, in an existing language, M. The compiler is then written in L and the interpreter is used to run it. This produces an executable for compiling programs in L from the source of the compiler in L.

This technique is often used to verify the correctness of a compiler. It was first used in the LISP community.

See also my favourite toy language.
aid, assist, help
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