[Pharo-dev] Old Compiler is now unload able!

Nicolas Cellier nicolas.cellier.aka.nice at gmail.com
Wed Oct 16 16:21:56 EDT 2013

And for the curious my favourite brainfuck was code:type: and its senders.

Because the first time you read (code: index type: type), you wonder
* why you pass a parameter index (that overrides inst var index, but most
caller invoke with index inst. var.)
* with the key code:
* since there is also an inst var named code that's really troubling...
Also because there is a cryptic use of negated type on return
And once you start analyzing senders, and inst var refs, you're puzzled...

To decipher, code:type: answers an encoded bytecode, made from an index
(temp index, inst var index etc..) and a type (load inst var, load temp
var, etc...) thus its name code...
Now, I've contemplated this code too much, and it almost sounds familiar, I
can hardly remember how impenetrable it was. But make you a pleasure, put a
newbie in front of it.

To me, this a a very clever factorisation of bytecode encoding - much too
clever - much too obfuscated - and I bet we can do much much clearer with
not much more code.
But I don't have to prove anything, there is Opal already...

2013/10/16 Stéphane Ducasse <stephane.ducasse at inria.fr>

> > Too bad :(
> > One of the most brilliant anti-pattern onto which I burnt so many brain
> cells is gone,
> > how are we going to teach good coding practices by counter examples.
> > ;)
> :)
> We should continue to build the new generation it is more exciting and now
> I can start to invest in reading
> the compiler code.
> Stef
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