[Pharo-dev] The Second Coming of Java article

kilon alios kilon.alios at gmail.com
Mon Nov 25 19:15:14 EST 2013

I have actually used PyPy , the socket bridge I had created was to make
PyPy communicate with cpython embeded in the open source 3d application
Blender and vice versa. I wanted to use PyPy to speed up blender cpython.
Very friendly community too. AFAIK they had a Smalltalk implementation on
top of PyPy but I dont think its maintained anymore.

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM, Marcus Denker <marcus.denker at inria.fr>wrote:

> 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…
> http://www.slideshare.net/MarcusDenker/a-programming-language-babel
> 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.
>   Marcus
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