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Re: java bytecode considered bad
- To: Trent Waddington <s337240 at student dot uq dot edu dot au>
- Subject: Re: java bytecode considered bad
- From: Fergus Henderson <fjh at cs dot mu dot oz dot au>
- Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 22:11:25 +1100
- Cc: <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- References: <Pine.OSF.email@example.com>
On 21-Feb-2001, Trent Waddington <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Richard Stallman <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: java backend
> If it is possible to compile languages such as C into Java byte codes,
> I see a great danger. The danger is that people will use Java byte
> codes to hook GCC up to proprietary back ends and proprietary front
People can already hook GCC up to proprietry front ends by simply
having their front end generate C code. There are certainly a number
of proprietry language front ends around that generate C code, e.g.
Cfront (the original C++ compiler), some Eiffel compilers, etc., as
well as many free software compilers that do the same. And if you
plan to use the GNU back-end, then C is almost certainly going to be a
better target language than Java or Java byte codes. So I think the
worry about proprietry front ends is misplaced. The cat is out of the
bag, and whatever damage will result from that is already unstoppable.
Fergus Henderson <email@example.com> | "I have always known that the pursuit
| of excellence is a lethal habit"
WWW: <http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~fjh> | -- the last words of T. S. Garp.