mwh at python.net
Wed Oct 2 17:17:19 CEST 2002
David Ehrens <nospam at ever.net> writes:
> Michael Hudson <mwh at python.net> wrote in
> news:lkit0nvm93.fsf at pc150.maths.bris.ac.uk:
> > "Terje Johan Abrahamsen" <spoermeg at voldelig.com> writes:
> >> But, I guess my question boils down to, why is not Python a
> >> compiled language?
> > The unhelpful answer: it is! It compiles to a high-level
> > bytecode. See other replies for info about compiling to a
> > lower-level instruction set...
> Bytecode is not machine code. No matter how similar it seems to a
> human, it's just not the same thing to the machine that has to
> run it.
So? That doesn't detract from what I said...
There's nothing about the verb "to compile" that implies the output is
x86 machine code.
Strangely enough I saw just such a beast at the grocery store
last night. Starbucks sells Javachip. (It's ice cream, but that
shouldn't be an obstacle for the Java marketing people.)
-- Jeremy Hylton, 29 Apr 1997
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