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Re: let's bytecode it!

From: Julian Graham
Subject: Re: let's bytecode it!
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:55:03 -0400

I'd be down!  This sounds like a great project.

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 3:39 PM, Andy Wingo <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello,
>  So long in the past, it seemed that Keisuke's Guile-VM would mature and
>  replace the existing scm_ceval(). Everyone was down with it: Marius,
>  Mikael, etc. But it seems that there were some lingering issues, and it
>  didn't really settle down into Guile proper.
>  Then a couple yeats ago (!), Ludovic proposed reviving guile-vm, and
>  started hacking on it in some arch archive somewheres. But again, time
>  was lacking (I assume) and I can't even find that archive any more.
>  Ludovic?
>  I think that a bytecode compiler and VM makes a lot of sense for Guile.
>  I don't see native compilation ever being a primary target of Guile,
>  given that our strength is our ubiquity and how we play nice with C, but
>  a VM would finally bring Guile's speed up to be comparable with e.g.
>  python.
>  Also it would be fun to hack!
>  So how about making guile-vm in core guile a goal for 1.10? I guess the
>  way to start is for Ludovic to import his repo into git and expose it
>  somewhere, and perhaps merge it into Guile proper on a branch. Then we
>  can test it out, see what's going on, hack hack hack&stuff, and maybe
>  merge it to master at some point.
>  Thoughts? Neil, Ludo? Other hackers that have always wanted to play
>  with a compiler (me, me!) ? :-)

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