"Strong typing vs. strong testing"

Pascal J. Bourguignon pjb at informatimago.com
Fri Oct 1 15:33:02 CEST 2010

"BartC" <bc at freeuk.com> writes:

> "Pascal J. Bourguignon" <pjb at informatimago.com> wrote in message
> news:87sk0qkzhz.fsf at kuiper.lan.informatimago.com...
>> rustom <rustompmody at gmail.com> writes:
>>> Much more mainstream, C# is almost as 'managed' as dynamic languages
>>> and has efficiency comparable to C.
>> Nothing extraordinary here.  Common Lisp is more efficient than C.
>> http://www.lrde.epita.fr/~didier/research/verna.06.ecoop.pdf
>> http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1144168
> It seems that to make Lisp fast, you have to introduce static
> typing. Which is not much different to writing in C, other than the
> syntax.
>> Actually, it's hard to find a language that has no compiler generating
>> faster code than C...
> But those implementers have to try very hard to beat C. Meanwhile C
> can be plenty fast without doing anything special.
>> When Intel will realize that 99% of its users are running VM
> Which one?

Any implementation of a controlled environment is a virtual machine.
Sometimes it is explicitely defined, such as in clisp, parot or jvm, but
more often it is implicit, such as in sbcl, or worse, developed in an
ad-hoc way in applications (eg. written in C++).

__Pascal Bourguignon__                     http://www.informatimago.com/

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