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<programming, philosophy> A feature of some programming languages that allows a running program to obtain
information about its own implementation.
For example, the Lisp function, "symbol-function" takes a
Lisp symbol and returns the function definition associated
with that symbol. Lisp is particularly suited to
introspection because its source code uses the same
underlying representation as its data. Another example is
Perl's "can" method which returns true if a given
object's class provides a given method.
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