vm thoughts

Jecel Assumpcao Jr jecel at merlintec.com
Mon Jul 29 22:28:53 UTC 2002

On Friday 26 July 2002 13:56, Douglas Atique wrote:
> I have several interests on the VM. First of all, my background is C
> and C++, and I love to see some really complex code. What I didn't
> expect is that the VM mixes it with assembly, with which I have no
> familiarity.

That can't be avoided in a compiler.

> [...] To sum up, my point is: should we
> have this difficult to grasp VM to get all the features and
> performance Self gives us? I guess not. But I also can't prove it.
> Yet.

Note that one of the major changes from 4.0 to 4.1 was that it is now 
much more "interpreter friendly". Neither the Linux nor Mac ports 
implement the most sophisticated parts of the original VM and I am sure 
that many people feel that with 1 GHz and up processors we no longer 
need them.

-- Jecel

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