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[REBOL] Re: PalmOS Support

From: belymt:saunalahti:fi at: 25-May-2001 3:13

At 22:12 23.5.2001 -0700, you wrote:
>On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 10:38:58PM -0500, Tom Schaeper wrote: > > It seems that the majority of > > Palm developers develop on a Pc and then cross-compile and download to the > > Palm. I am having trouble understanding why a REBOL runtime cannot run in > > 8Mb of memory. > >The problem is that those 8 MB are not directly addressable. Less than >100 kB are, everything else has to go through memory management libraries. >Supporting that would be an enormous amount of work and slow REBOL down >by an order of magnitude.
Another issue is that many palms not yet have 8MB and even on those that do it's not usually free for one program (however great) as there are other uses to Palm than just Rebol. Using even 1 meg is IMHO bit inpolite. And yes.. PalmOS memory handling is a bit strange.. (I've done some programming to it with Quartus myself on my Palm V. Excellent program and nice way to code natively) That memory handling is optimized for minimal memory use and limited memory protection and it't not optimal for programs Rebol size. Perhaps if Rebol engine had been written differently from scratch.. But it's IMHO more likely that Palm's get newer OS and Processors released before that will happen. Joanna