[virtmach] Virtual Machines and Code Representation
Mon, 24 Jul 2000 09:11:32 -0700
>But can this be taken even further? The more information that
>to a sufficiently smart compiler, the better, and even a
>away information. Would a theoretically smart compiler be able to
>determine the intent of the programmer from such things as
>design documentation, and any other information that may have
>in the development process, and from this information produce
>code way beyond what could be produced from a simple parse-tree?
In fact, such a change would result in the comments becoming part of the
language; it wouldn't really change the situation (except perhaps to make
people comment less, since they wouldn't want to be redundant and possibly
There are people working on compiling specifications directly. I don't find
that field very interesting. At any rate, you don't want to compile BOTH
the specs and the code, because odds are almost 100% that they contradict
each other in a million places.
>- Peter M.