[Mono-list] Wheen someone asks about java...

Tom tom7ca@yahoo.com
Sun, 15 Jul 2001 14:37:08 -0700 (PDT)

> Why do you suppose there isn't a C compiler for JVM?

Actually, I think it's because there is little demand 
for it.  People are switching away from C/C++ to Java
because those languages are a management and
maintenance headache in commercial software 

> Unless C and C++ can be implemented under JVM,
> there's no way JVM will be considered as an 
> alternative VM to CLR.

I think this is a non-issue.  

First, if anybody wants C/C++ on Java or .NET, it
is likely for low-level code, and for that 
purpose, a convenient native code interface is much 
better than an extended bytecode that handles some
subset of C/C++ with considerable overhead.

Second, since Mono is embarking on implementing a new 
runtime anyway, nothing stops us from extending the
with bytecodes to handle byte-compiled C/C++.


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