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[REBOL] Re: Is Rebol code smaller?/Compiler!

From: g:santilli:tiscalinet:it at: 20-Nov-2002 14:47

Hi Tim, On Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 6:50:21 PM, you wrote: TJ> Dynamic typing (a word is TJ> typed when it is assigned a value) is a feature of interpreted languages. Actually, word in REBOL are not typed at all. The just can reference any value. The value itself has a type. You cannot compile REBOL because you don't know anything at compile time. You don't know if a block is code or data; you don't know what a word is referencing unless you actually execute the code. I.e. if you'll really try to compile any REBOL script, you'll end up with embedding the interpreter in the resulting code, with maybe the chance of doing some minor optimizations in a couple special cases. I don't think it is really worth the effort. What would be useful to, instead, is offering something like: f: make native! [...] [ ; a compilable REBOL dialect here ] so that you can write in native code the performance-critical parts of your scripts. Regards, Gabriele. -- Gabriele Santilli <[g--santilli--tiscalinet--it]> -- REBOL Programmer Amigan -- AGI L'Aquila -- REB: