Testing the waters.

Lars Thomas Hansen lth@ccs.neu.edu
Thu, 08 May 97 10:23:39 -0400

From: "Harvey J. Stein" <abel@netvision.net.il>

>Lars Thomas Hansen writes:
> > 
> > From: Drew R Whitehouse <Drew.Whitehouse@anu.edu.au>
> > 
> > >	Are there any decent native i386 scheme compilers at the
> > >moment ? 
> > 
> > MIT Scheme comes to mind.  [...]
>There's also scheme->C, bigloo, gambit-C, hobbit, stalin, and rscheme,
>but these all output C code which must then be compiled by a C
>compiler, so I don't know if you want to count them.

That's why I didn't count them -- in my mind, compiling-to-C is
different from generating native code, for better or for worse (Better:
compiling-to-C is potentially more portable.  Worse: the generated C
code is as a general rule slower than a comparable native-code system.)
It might be straightforward to make some of these systems generate
native code directly, however, thereby reusing the existing technology
in the compiler and run-time system.