Perl 6 - the future is here, just unevenly distributed

IRC log for #rosettacode, 2011-08-31

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00:21 mwn3d_phone [[Sleep sort]] was stumbled upon a lot lately
00:21 fedaykin http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Sleep_sort (Doesn't exist.)
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18:31 * mikemol has a disgusting thought.
18:31 * dagnyscott is scared.
18:32 mikemol Programs like 'csmith' generate random (or, to some extent, guided) valid C programs to throw at compilers, and test whether or not the compilers emit correct results.
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18:35 mikemol I have to wonder if an application behavior specification could be applied as [part of] the definition of a valid program, to get a code generator to build a series of programs to be run against the test generator.
18:36 mikemol I don't imagine it'd be very fast. It'd be almost akin to writing a program description in prolog, with unit test outcomes as constraints.
18:37 mikemol Of course, then you risk the program spending millions of years, and the evolution of an entire planet, simply to say, "true."
18:37 mikemol Or 42. Same difference.
18:38 mikemol This occurred to me because I recalled reading a Microsoft blogger's disdain for unit tests as "too much a random walk through the problem space."
18:38 mikemol Well, if you can write code to force a human through a random walk, why not have a program do the walk for you? :)
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22:42 Hypftier_ ar nix
22:42 * Hypftier_ hates focus steal :/
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