Re: Intermediate compiling

kuznetso@MIT.EDU (Eugene Kuznetsov)
12 Nov 1996 21:58:35 -0500

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From: kuznetso@MIT.EDU (Eugene Kuznetsov)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 12 Nov 1996 21:58:35 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 96-11-068
Keywords: interpreter, performance

Niklas Elmqvist <> wrote:

> The problem is that parsing this (the text string) during run-time is
> not very efficient (i.e. slow). We got pointed in the direction of
> compiling the catches into some pseudo-binary code, i.e. code that is
> very fast for the MUD to read (a bunch of byte opcodes), but which is
> not true binary code.

Well, if you were willing to change the syntax a little bit, you could
use java instead. Chances are there is already an implementation on
your platform, but you can also make a quick little interpreter for
yourself (or license one). The main benefit of this is that it will
use a reasonably standard language & compiled format which is much
quicker interpreted than re-parsing the source. And you should be
able to use other people's code without having to design and implement
your own compilers, virtual machines, etc.

Tcl is also a good idea, although I'd lean towards java for something
like this for a number of reasons.

                                                                                                                        Eugene Kuznetsov

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