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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [tools] javac.exe
Date Mon, 13 Feb 2006 16:44:46 GMT

Dalibor Topic wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2006 at 11:01:57AM -0500, Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
>> We need one.
>> I assume we'd want to do something like the launcher that invokes the VM 
>> and then just executes the eclipse compiler.  However, now that I've 
>> typed this, it sounds awfully slow....  I guess we'll see.  Would be 
>> nice to have something....
>> Volunteers or comments?
> I am not sure what the status is wrt to including EPLd/CPLd components.
> Can we distribute them? Depend on them? 

We can depend on them, and I'm confident that Real Soon Now it will be 
clear that we can distribute.  If we can't distribute, we're need to do 
as you suggest below....

> If no, then we should just write a compiler. I've recently come accross
> fjavac, an interesting little Java compiler project that uses O'caml and
> looks like fun. From the web page:
> "Our long term goal is to produce a complete and formal specification of
> Java compilation. To be complete, all language features and rules that
> are informally described in Sun's Java language specification will be
> included. To be formal, the specification will be written in a
> machine-checkable language of a logical framework (Twelf), using only
> axioms and inference rules. Fjava is written in a functional style to
> make such a formalization possible."
> see http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~stse/javac/ for details. I have no idea
> what the source code license it, though. But if we are writing compilers
> from scratch, then a ML dialect would be a pretty nice implementation 
> language choice. See
> http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/papers/cmljava.html for details.
> cheers,
> dalibor topic
>> geir

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