|Re: alternatives to Java byte-codes email@example.com (1999-02-05)|
|Re: alternatives to Java byte-codes firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas Kistler) (1999-02-07)|
|Re: optimizer data structures, was alternatives to Java byte-codes Bernd.Schoeller@ks.sel.alcatel.de (Bernd Schoeller) (1999-02-15)|
|From:||Bernd Schoeller <Bernd.Schoeller@ks.sel.alcatel.de>|
|Date:||15 Feb 1999 23:33:54 -0500|
|Organization:||Alcatel SEL AG Stuttgart|
Thomas Kistler <email@example.com> writes:
> firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremiah S Patterson) wrote:
> > AST's are typically hard to optimize
> > because (at least this is my experience) it is difficult to come up
> > with general optimizations that are not trivial. Byte codes, on the
> > other hand, provide a linear (step-by-step) structure rather than a
> > tree structure which makes it easy to define "atomic" sections of code
> > and optimize those sections.
> I strongly have to object.
> [a lot of good reasons deleted]
Yes - this is correct. It is really much harder to optimize a linear
stream of commands than to optimize a tree like syntax structure. Also
security checks are much easier because the scope of variables and
other structures is clearer.
If you are looking for a _very interesting_ approach towards producing
protable code have a look at "Slim Binaries" (I don't know the
homepage, but you might look at Altavista for "Slim Binaries",
"Oberon" and/or "Juice" -- actually the paper is rather old).
IMHO Java Bytecode is _the_ weak point of the Java concept. Not only
is it slow and clumsy, but also downloading-times are quite large.
Slim Binaries store compressed parsing trees. These parsing trees are
- after download - given to a fast Just-In-Time compiler (well actualy
just the compiler-backend, cause there is nothing to parse). The
actual size of the slim binaries is less than 386-Code that ran
through the LZH compression alogrithm.
Slim Binaries have already proven themselves in two applications:
First there is a plugin for Netscape/IE that enables you to download
"Juice" (the Slim Binary appletformat) applets and integrate them into
your web-page, just like java-applets. Second some versions of the
Oberon Operating System are running completly under slim binaries. So
the same oberon system runs _natively_ on the old 680x0 and the new
Bernd Schoeller +49-711-821-43416 Alcatel SEL Stuttgart
Software Developer -- Novedia Berlin Dept.: US/EE Room: 60/1/29
email@example.com Lorenzstrasse 10 / D-70435 Stuttgart
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