Encyclopedia > Bootstrap

  Article Content


Redirected from Bootstrap

The problem of starting a system without the system already functioning seems equally impossible as "pulling oneself up by the bootstraps" as Baron Münchhausen according to stories could. However, solutions, accordingly called bootstrapping exist; they are processes whereby a complex system emerges by starting simply and, bit by bit, developing more complex capabilities on top of the simpler ones. Boostrapping occurs in several domains.

See booting on the computers.

Computer programming

Bootstrapping can also refer to the development of successively more complex programming environments. The simplest environment will be, perhaps, a very basic text editor (e.g. ed?) and an assembler. Using these tools, one can write a more complex text editor, and a simple compiler for a higher-level language. and so on, until one can have a graphical IDE and an extremely high-level programming language.

In linguistics

Syntactic bootstrapping is the idea that children use syntactic knowledge they have developed to help learn what words mean. semantics builds on top of syntax....

To add

  • origin of life(?)

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz

... ed., 1863) Kritische Erläuterungen des Hegelschen Systems (1840) Vorlesungen über Schelling (1842) System der Wissenschaft (1850) Meine Reform der Hegelschen ...

This page was created in 45.1 ms