Saturday, June 5, 2010

Towards a Universal VM

Alex Buckley talks the features and progress that should make the JVM the universal run-time environment for languages. Interesting discussion in the talk include:
  • the distinction between the roles of the byte-code compiler and JVM compiler.
  • a high-level overview of how the JVM does method inline optimizations.
  • the introduction of dynamicinvoke in the new JVM.
The talk is normally 1-2 steps lower level than what software developers deal with on a day-to-day basis but nevertheless very understandable and useful to know.

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