compiling to python byte codes
"Martin v. Löwis"
martin at v.loewis.de
Mon Sep 6 07:37:34 CEST 2004
Maurice LING wrote:
> Sorry if I had misunderstood your intentions. VM is something of a
> rather old concept, since Forth days, but is revived for the sake of
> portability. With the exception of the book by Joshua Engel, I've not
> seen any books that is devoted on VM. Do you know of any?
One of the older ones is
Goldberg, Robson. Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation.
A thing that just turned up in a Google search is
Christian Queinnec. Lisp in Small Pieces.
Cambridge University Press, 1996
This covers 11 interpreters and 2 compilers.
For Scheme, there is an online book
There also is an Icon book
Ralph E. Griswold and Madge T. Griswold.
The Implementation of the Icon Programming Language
Princeton University Press, 1986
On the language-independent/cross-language side, we have
Samuel Kamin. Languages: An Interpreter-based Approach
and, of course
Aho, Sethi, Ullman
Compilers : Principles, Techniques, and Tools.
Addison-Wesley, 1988 (with many reprints)
> As for books on compiler construction, many explains the same topics and
> it doesn't quite help when something I want to know is so precise, or
> are just too old for any good use.
It turns out that this is an area of computing that is very old
(compared to the total age of electronic computing), and many of its
foundations have been built years ago. So even the old books are still
Now, for *specific* questions, Usenet is the right medium, although
comp.compilers may be a better forum.
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