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Re: Working Group Proposal

Piers Cawley
July 20, 2000 08:05
Re: Working Group Proposal
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Joshua N Pritikin <> writes:

> On Thu, Jul 20, 2000 at 02:21:21PM +0100, wrote:
> > Joshua N Pritikin <> writes:
> > > On a more serious note, will perl6 be written in C or C++?  If C, then I
> > > suggest that we avoid actually writing any C by hand, and instead write
> > > a perl5 code generator for each major component.
> > 
> > I was thinking the plan was to be able to write perl in perl. I kind
> > of assumed that this would mean that there would be a rather more
> > fully blown perl compiler that produced 'real' machine language
> > (either via C or directly).
> Yah, sounds fun.
> I envision a more specialized version of CFront (C++ to C translator). 
> Of course we have different goals than the designers of C++ -- we don't
> have to care about source code compatibility with C, and we could also
> generate C++ (or whatever) from the same backend.

Ah. Actually, I realised that doing executable generation purely in
Perl, whilst being kind of cute, would be reinventing a whole load of
unneccessary wheels when we can just let the (foo) compiler do it for

Turing completeness is a good thing...

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