[self-interest] Re: Self bytecodes

David Ungar David.Ungar at Eng.Sun.COM
Tue Jun 1 23:11:11 UTC 1999

When I was working on the interpreter, I also added a POP bytecode.
If I can release the lastest Self VM, folks out there could have it.
Would there be any interest?

- Dave

At 4:38 PM -0400 5/31/99, Stefan Matthias Aust wrote:
> >It all seems fine, but I donĀ“t understand something seemingly
>>straightforward: knowing that in a send the receiver and arguments are
>>popped off stack and the result is pushed onto stack, how is the number
>>of arguments of a send determined, so that my interpreter could know how
>>many pops it should make?
>You can derive that from the selector symbol.  Unary selectors (that are
>selectors composed from letters - especially the first character must be a
>lowercase letter - without ':' in it) need no arguments at all.  Binary
>selectors (that are all selectors which neither start with a letter or with
>an '_') have exactly one argument.  For keyword selectors (which are
>composed of sequences of letters (and digits) that end with a colon ':')
>simply count the number of colons.
>A different problem is to know when to pop returned objects from the stack
>which aren't used.  I think, you cannot detect that and simply adjust the
>stack when you leave the method.  Here's an example:  3+4. nil
>This will generate something along:  push 3, push 4, send #+, push nil.
>The + method for integers will pop both 3 and 4 from the stack and push the
>result, 7.  However, this object isn't needed and will use one stack slot
>upton the method returns (with nil).
>There might be a way to notice that "7" isn't used anywhere in the method,
>but that's probably to much work for an interpreter.  A compiler that will
>create and analyse a complete parse tree for each method can do this.
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