Evaluating the Java Virtual Machine as a Target for Languages Other Than Java
Gough, Kevin John & Corney, Diana (2000) Evaluating the Java Virtual Machine as a Target for Languages Other Than Java. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Zurich, Switzerland, pp. 278-290.
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The portability and runtime safety of programs which are executed on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) makes the JVM an attractive target for compilers of languages other than Java. Unfortunately, the JVM was designed with language Java in mind, and lacks many of the primitives required for a straighforward implementation of other languages.
Here, we discuss how the JVM may be used to implement other object-oriented languages. As a practical example of the possibilities, we report on a comprehensive case study.
The open source Gardens Point Component Pascal compiler compiles the entire Component Pascal language, a dialect of Oberon-2, to JVM bytecodes. This compiler achieves runtime efficiencies which are comparable to native-code implementations of procedural languages.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Java Virtual Machine, compilers, object-oriented languages, Component Pascal|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Programming Languages (080308)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2000 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg|
|Deposited On:||04 Feb 2010 15:43|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2010 00:20|
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