[Pharo-dev] The Second Coming of Java article

Marcus Denker marcus.denker at inria.fr
Mon Nov 25 15:27:10 EST 2013

On 25 Nov 2013, at 21:13, kilon alios <kilon.alios at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't see a problem. Sockets provide a way to communicate, sockets nowadays are used almost everywhere. They have their limitations but its a viable , very fast and simple solution. 
> Also you can use Redline Smalltalk -> http://www.redline.st/ if you want to run smalltalk on JVM.  
> I vaguely remember that Squeak had the Ometa project that was working as a converter between languages , I think Java was supported. 
Keep in mind that supporting syntax is one thing, semantics is the other… Ometa is just a (very nice) tool for making implementing a parser for syntax easier, very much like PetitParser.
I once did a very, very naive demo of adding other *syntax* to Squeak…


But the problem is that the *semantics* are still that of Smalltalk, and it’s completely not clear for the programmer where the similarity ends.

If you want to have “I can type in examples from my ruby book” compatibility, you need to implement the real semantics, which in many cases
means to re-implement the VM of that other language (in a very slow version) on top of your VM which does not really have the properties to
support those semantics.

There has been more research recently about multi-language VMs… or frameworks to build VMs (PyPy, for example). Without this support, getting 100% correct 
semantic *and* be fast enough (not even fast) is very hard.


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