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Date: 2001-01-06 (22:20)
From: Sven LUTHER <luther@d...>
Subject: Re: JIT-compilation for OCaml?
On Tue, Jan 02, 2001 at 07:16:37PM +0100, Mattias Waldau wrote:
> Why do you want JIT? Do you use Java for regular development? It is a pain,
> the reason is
> 1. Slow, slow
> 2. Big, big
> and the reason that Java gets away with it, is the JIT-compiler. That mean
> that after enormous start-time, the program might achieve resonable
> performance after a couple of minutes. However, at that time, it still needs
> 10-20 extra megs, since the compiler is still loaded into memory.
> The beatty of Ocaml are the fast compilers, the optimizing compiler is
> faster than javac, which only produces bytecode. It is sad that so few
> other programming language developers realizes that the speed of the
> development environment matters.

Well yes, but you forget architecture independence. With a JIT-like thing,
you could achieve native-code like speed out of byte-code. not sure though if
it is possible, or if the speed advantage is worth the trouble. 


Sven Luther