Re: What is byte-code ?

John Slimick <slimick@venango.upb.pitt.edu>
11 Apr 2005 00:14:25 -0400

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From: John Slimick <slimick@venango.upb.pitt.edu>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 11 Apr 2005 00:14:25 -0400
Organization: University of Pittsburgh
References: 05-03-015 05-03-026
Keywords: interpreter

  Nathan Moore wrote:


I've been following this thread and I find that there are assumptions
about "byte." In my career bythes were six bits until April 1964 when
they became 8 bits (IBM 360). Now with the advent of UNICODE it seems
that bytes are becoming 16 bits, at least conceptually. (And then
there were the 5 bit Baudot "bytes"). I think everyone is talking
about "octets," so why can't we use them?


john slimick
slimick@pitt.edu


> My point here was to do something that would compile correctly on any
> machine and work effeciently/quick without having to be configured
> slecial for that machine. Other areas have to worry about endianness
> and other protability issues, but the more areas that you can make them
> non-issues, the better.
>
> Nathan Moore
[Probably because the bytes in byte code don't have to be 8 bits. either.
-John]





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