[Vm-dev] [OpenSmalltalk/opensmalltalk-vm] Support for OpenBSD (#413)
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Wed Aug 14 09:54:32 UTC 2019
> Pharo since version 7.0 is bootstrapped on every build. And it is surely the best way to get a
> reliable artifact.
The approach you cited uses a plethora of external tools processing source code. That's composition, but not bootstrapping (something building itself, or "pulling itself up by its own bootstraps").
Whether you consider the essence of the system to reside in that source code or in machine instructions, reliability comes from being able to explain why each bit in the resulting artifact is there. I think that process is most understandable, and most effectively verified, when the space of those external tools is smallest. This is why I prefer systems that actually do bootstrap.
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