[Mono-list] Making a ruby.net compiler
Miguel de Icaza
08 May 2003 07:35:22 -0400
> Also the .Net platform is really not optimal for dynamic languages.
I wish we could stop spreading the above meme, because it is not true.
JScript, Smalltalk and VB are two examples of dynamic languages that run
on the .NET platform.
I have to run now, so I can not write a complete essay, but consider:
* the x86 is not good for scripting languages either.
It is a platform with strong typing (int32 strong typing).
Still, scripting languages have no problem running on it.
* The CIL in fact can be very slow with some operations.
For example, to extract the length of a string, or compute
the sin of a double. But most JIT engines will happily
replace "call Sin.Math" (and its underlying assembly) with
the fsin opcode. And call "Array.GetLength (int x)" with
So the issue is more like identifying which pieces an interpreter needs
to get accelerated, and then accelerate them.
Any other statement just reflects on a particular instance on time, of a
particular CLI implementation.