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Re: Compilation to native

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Compilation to native
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 18:57:23 -0500
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On Wed, Mar 24, 2004 at 11:50:39PM +0000, Matthew Mundell wrote:
> > Yes, this would require implementing an optimizing Lisp compiler
> > which is a tremendous task.
> The byte compiler already does some optimisation.  Surely the
> combination of byte compiler and compilation to native heads towards
> an optimising Lisp compiler?

I don't think the current byte compiler would be a practical base from which
to build a real optimizing compiler, it's a huge mess.

[And of course, for an optimizing compiler, you _really_ want to use lexical
binding, so help me with my emacs--lexbind branch!]

I'm beginning to think that life is just one long Yoko Ono album; no rhyme
or reason, just a lot of incoherent shrieks and then it's over.  --Ian Wolff

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