[Gridflow-dev] patch dans patch

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Sun Feb 13 10:58:02 EST 2011

On Sun, 13 Feb 2011, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:

> Is #4 below a quine?

All of them are based on the same principle of a patch taking its own 
screenshot, and showing it through a [#see] object. The difference is in 
whether you can see the whole patching distinctly or not, as some are more 
downscaled than others, and some have missing pieces (that have gone out 
of the frame), and those missing pieces are sometimes pieces of the 

But before calling it a quine, you have to ask yourself what's the input, 
what's the output, how to make the output correspond to the input 
(especially : in which format), and whether a quine is allowed to use 
self-reference tools (self-screenshot, self-[textfile], canvas queries) 
instead of being forced to use other means, such as the usual 
"Y-Combinator" :

main() {char *s="main() {char *s=%c%s%c; printf(s,34,s,34);}"; printf(s,34,s,34);}

(this example is in C language)

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