I’m not going to go into too much depth because Georg Brandl has already covered it, but it’s an interesting topic. I couldn’t help but write a little entry about it. :)

A new alpha of Python has just been released, including a patch I wrote for compiling Python Abstract Syntax Trees down to bytecode. This means it’s now possible to manipulate ASTs from within your Python program, which lets you do all sorts of crazy things – like this, for example.

Piping this little program into itself yields the following:

$ ./python wacky.py