Re: The compilation approach in modern languages

Tony Finch <dot@dotat.at>
13 Feb 2005 22:50:20 -0500

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From: Tony Finch <dot@dotat.at>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 13 Feb 2005 22:50:20 -0500
Organization: dotat labs
References: 05-02-053 05-02-056
Keywords: functional, code

"Rodney M. Bates" <rbates@southwind.net> wrote:
>
>The one exception is the functional languages, where functions can be,
>in effect, manipulated at runtime and then evaluated. Obviously, it
>is too late then for a traditional batch compile, and something more
>like interpretation is needed, at least some of the time.


That is not true for most modern functional programming languages
(i.e. ones not descended from lisp) which are designed to be compiled
to native code. It is also true for non-functional languages that have
an "eval" function, which includes many scripting languages.


Tony.
--
f.a.n.finch <dot@dotat.at> http://dotat.at/
[For that matter, people have been compiling Lisp to machine code for
about 45 years. -John]



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