Library And Primitives Blurring

One technique that makes for a powerful dynamic or meta-language is blurring the distinction between what are "primitives" (built-in operations) and libraries (add-on-able functions, classes, and APIs).

LispLanguage and SmalltalkLanguage are known for this more or less. Some questions:


If the distinction is blurred (LibraryAndPrimitivesBlurring) this gives developers less chance to specialize - and in a recognizable way so.

Forces: AntiPattern: TooPowerfulForItsOwnGood

So a clear separation between library and primitive is one means to ensure defined domains. There may be other differentiations.

This seems to be an instance of AlternateHardAndSoftLayers.


CategoryMetaprogramming

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