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A quine is “a program that generates

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 31, 2004

A quine is “a program that generates a copy of its own source text as its complete output”.

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barlowAug 31, 2004 at 6:48PM

I think a better use of spare time would be to actually read some Willard V. O. Quine books!

willSep 01, 2004 at 11:14AM

Meet the mack daddy of quines: http://www.acm.org/classics/sep95/

NickSep 02, 2004 at 3:43PM

I know a really easy one that works in many languages, the source is listed immediately following the colon:

steveSep 04, 2004 at 2:12AM

A quine is a program that no at all really cares about.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.