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From: Brandon J. Van Every <vanevery@i...>
Subject: [Caml-list] recompiling bytecode
skaller wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-04-14 at 17:50, Nicolas Cannasse wrote:
>
> > Other way of thinking is : what do we need in order to get
> > binary-only
> > distributions ? OCaml have a bytecode interpreter, so why
> > we can't release
> > libraries simply as a big CMA ( and some CMI's ). Answer :
> > because the
> > bytecode binary format is very strict, and not suited for
> > this kind of usage
> > (adding a function in the interface of a sub library needs
> > to recompile all
> > top librairies ). > [re: having to recompile everything]
>
> Who cares?
>
> I've worked on code where turnaround for compilations were:
>
> 1970's -- overnight (Fortran)
> 1980's -- 2-3 hours (Cobol/Pl1)
> 1990's -- 20-40 minutes (C/C++)
> 2000's -- 10-60 seconds (Ocaml)

Because you are not compiling programs large enough and often enough for
this to become sheer hell?  I've read many a postmortem in GameDeveloper
magazine where excessive compile times are a major drain on
productivity.  Anecdotally, I've met too many happy Python programmers
to poo pooh the evasion of compile time.


Cheers,                     www.indiegamedesign.com
Brandon Van Every           Seattle, WA

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                          - anonymous entrepreneur

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