question about a command like 'goto ' in Python's bytecode orit's just a compiler optimization?

Hendrik van Rooyen mail at
Wed Jun 17 04:01:24 EDT 2009

 "Diez B. Roggisch" <d.. at> wrote:

> Getting a depression because of a compiler is a bit strong...
> However, yes, bytecode is similar to assembler, and in that respect
> higher-level control-structures are created using (conditional) jumps.
> The same is true for other bytecode-languages, see here for the JVM:

This is right.

It is my opinion that it is not possible to make a useful machine,
virtual or real, which executes instructions sequentially, if the
instruction set does not contain a conditional jump of some sort.

I have tried doing it using conditional calls, and it fails on
the equivalent of the first if ..., elif ...  you try to write.

- Hendrik

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