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Meta-architectures, also known as reflective architectures, are a specific type of software architectures that are able to inspect their own structure and behavior, and dynamically adapt at runtime, thus responding to new user requirements or changes in their environment. In object-oriented programming, these architectures rely on a small set of core concepts that provide them the means to describe themselves, thus becoming "Closed". These three core patterns can be found in almost every object-oriented meta-architecture: Everything is a Thing, Closing the Roof, and Bootstrapping.
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