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[REBOL] Compiler for Rebol ? Re:(11)

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 26-Sep-2000 16:11

No flaming from me; just puzzled head-scratching. It's not clear to me that REBOL and Java are conceptually close enough to be ABLE to compile REBOL directly into Java bytecode. Some REBOL features could be dealt with by defining support classes in Java, with appropriate method calls as the Java equivalent of REBOL words/phrases. However, there are REBOL features for which I don't see an obvious JVM representation. For example: 1) REBOL's refusal to distinguish between data and code, whick allows one to construct a block and then do that block, 2) REBOL's ability to manipulate contexts, 3) REBOL's class-less view of objects... It would certainly be possible to create a REBOL interpreter written in Java, but that's not what I understood you to be suggesting (and my experience with Java suggests that it would run like a pig on tranquilizers...) -jn- [handy--techie--com] wrote: