Details of Optimisation Table VM

Bill House
Wed, 7 May 1997 09:30:48 -0700

John Wood wrote:
> The concept of downloadable "instruction set libraries" with either 
> implementation offered both natively and in terms of other "instruction set 
> libraries" is unrelated to Intentional Programming.  The IP spec really 
> prompted me to think along these lines, rather than copy-paste the ideas 
> directly.
Well, that seems better. I'm not sure what IP has to do with all this, but I
guess your paper will illuminate that. We just need to be be careful not to

FWIW, I would be very happy to see something mainstream come out of this, as
Lisp and Scheme would then have a wider stage (not to mention putting a kink in
the "one true language" bunch's plans). I don't think "everything should be
written in Java."

However, at the same time, it is important to do things in such a way that
preserves our freeware credentials. Commercial interest around the grass-roots
UVM standard aspect of this project is a Good Thing, but it has to be kept in
perspective, or support for this effort among the Lisp, Scheme and academic
communities will falter. 

Nevertheless, I do think that a UVM can be rolled into this project and that it
would serve as an excellent basis for both Lisp and current mainstream

Bill House
The views expressed are mine alone,
unless you agree with me.