A historical question

Greg Ewing greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Fri Sep 10 04:39:23 CEST 2004

Peter Hansen wrote:
> The only "compilation" that went on was actually called
> "tokenization" ... was more for memory conservation
> than for anything else.

It undoubtedly helped execution speed a lot, too.
The main loop of the interpreter consisted of fetching
the next token and consulting a jump table -- much
like the switch statement in ceval().

Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,	
Christchurch, New Zealand

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