[virtmach] Implementing VMs efficiently

Stephen Pelc sfp@mpeltd.demon.co.uk
Thu, 3 Feb 2000 07:45:16 -0000

From: btanksley@hifn.com
> Personally, I think bytecodes are a staggeringly bad idea for most VM use;
> they take too much space and carry too little information.  The only place
> they're reasonable is in constrained memory (where there's not enough room
> to unpack a slimBinary).

All the portable binary solutions we have sold have been for use 
with constrained memory! And with constrained comms bandwidth. 
If you have lots of memory and processing power, you'll probably 
choose a JVM.

Bytecodes are just an engineering compromise.

Stephen Pelc, sfp@mpeltd.demon.co.uk
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