[self-interest] Getting someone to port Self

Russell Allen mail at russell-allen.com
Sun Sep 21 10:15:03 UTC 2008

Hi Jeff,

There have been attempts to get Self running on the JVM (which I am more  
familiar with since it is open source and cross platform); as you  
indicated, it seems that you pay a speed price for being on a VM that  
doesn't quite fit but on the other hand should be potentially able to take  
advantage of a well written VM and lots of premade libraries.  Certainly  
jython, jRuby and Groovy seem to show it could be done...

Do you see any advantages of .Net over the JVM?


On Sat, 20 Sep 2008 05:56:00 +1000, Jeff Brown <jeff.brown at gmail.com>  

> Why not build a Self interpreter on the .Net Dynamic Language Runtime?
> Sure, the performance won't be as good as native but you'll get more
> portability in the long term.
> Jeff.
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> Hello,
> I'm interested in making a number of improvements/changes to Self, not
> for any particular commercial motive but out of general interest in
> Self and its ideas.
> A good starting point for this would be getting the Self VM working
> properly on linux and Windows.
> Unfortunately, I'm not a C++ person, and the learning curve is a bit
> too steep and my time too limited to do it myself.
> What I was wondering was whether anyone on this list knew any students
> who would be interested in doing the porting work. I would be prepared
> to put some money towards the effort of porting if it would help,
> though obviously my budget is pretty limited. Everything done would
> be released under the same open source licence as the rest of Self.
> I'm open to any alternative ideas on how to get there too!
> Best wishes,
> Russell

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