(slightly OT): Python and linux - very cool
mwh at python.net
Thu Aug 8 11:25:16 CEST 2002
Mart van de Wege <mvdwege.usenet at drebbelstraat20.dyndns.org> writes:
> Sorry if I'm mistaken, but I thought that the Java VM was a complete
> virtual processor, whereas Python (just as Perl) merely generates a
> parse tree on compiling the code.
This is inaccurate, at best.
> If the Python VM is however a full Virtual Machine, then I apologise,
> because it appears my knowledge is out of date.
I'm not sure what "full Virtual Machine" means. Python compiles to a
fairly high level byte code (e.g. "a.b" compiles roughly to
-- the vm is stack based).
And this has been the case in Python for, more-or-less, ever. If
you're knowledge is out of date, then you must have known Python circa
version 0.9 (and I don't know if that interpreted a parse tree -- I
just know it was different).
I wouldn't trust the Anglo-Saxons for much anything else. Given
they way English is spelled, who could trust them on _anything_ that
had to do with writing things down, anyway?
-- Erik Naggum, comp.lang.lisp
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