[virtmach] Implementing VMs efficiently

btanksley@hifn.com btanksley@hifn.com
Fri, 4 Feb 2000 11:29:22 -0800

> From: Belldandy [mailto:narumi@tpts5.seed.net.tw]

> > 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).

>   I thought Java was originally designed as a language for appliances
>   (Oak age), with probably embedded conrollers with limited resources.
>   That might explain.

That was my idea as well.  If Sun had intended Java originally for web use,
they might have been wise to consider the alternatives to bytecode.

But they didn't.  I wonder if we'll ever see anything more sophisticated