Re: p-code compilers (Dwight VandenBerghe)
23 Jan 1999 17:28:53 -0500

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From: (Dwight VandenBerghe)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 23 Jan 1999 17:28:53 -0500
Organization: Seanet Online Services, Seattle WA
References: 99-01-078
Keywords: interpreter

On 22 Jan 1999 21:26:13 -0500, Bogomil Alexondrov
<> wrote:

>..can a program not
>generating machine code but pseudo code be called compiler or is it a
>translator? what is the exact definition for compiler? Java is
>generating pseudo code so it must be a translator rather than

I use "translator" to mean that the output is a high-level language
like C, and "compiler" to mean that the output is a low-level language
like assembly. Forth is about where the delineation is, for me: if it
generates Forth, then it's a translator, anything worse (more
primitive), it's a compiler. Java compilers generate jvm code. Java
translators generate C.


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