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Virtual machines
Wednesday, April 7, 2004

I was just reading a tutorial on SQLite's virtual machine. It's not a design strategy I think of using naturally but it seems like a good one: transform a problem into simple abstract (virtual) machine and a language that compiles into it. It's interesting to me that although I constantly think in terms of language transformation and macros, I don't think about this sort of compiler. Perhaps it's more natural for people who think write in C and use Lex and YACC.

Then again, maybe because I can transform Lisp to Lisp, I don't need this other strategy. On the other hand, maybe this strategy would help structure things better than organically grown - and difficult to prune - macros.


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