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Smalltalk’s influence has declined of late, at least in part because of the “all or nothing” architecture of the most influential distribution. We’ve got to the stage that we could change that.
Most programming languages have fixed definitions and hard boundaries. In thinking about building software for domains we don’t understand very well, a case can be made for a more relaxed, evolutionary approach to language design.
Many languages have an underlying virtual machine (VM) to provide a more portable and convenient substrate for compilation or interpretation. For language research it’s useful to be able to generate custom VMs and other language tools for different languages. Which raises the question: what’s the appropriate language for writing experimental languages?