View Single Post
Old 10-15-2009, 09:01 PM
CPMcGraw's Avatar
CPMcGraw CPMcGraw is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Posts: 5,357

Originally Posted by sam_midkiff
...They are dynamically compiled at runtime...

Sam, that's just a fancy phrase for interpreted scripting. Java is 'pre-compiled' into an intermediate form. But it still means the computer is trying to digest pseudo-code at the instant the program is being run. Conversion from p-code into machine code is still interpretation in my book.

Java may be faster than a 'true' interpreted language, like the early BASICs found on many old machines, but nothing can beat the speed of good compiled code except pure machine code.

Quote: engineers should learn to program in C...

I'm a C and C++ zealot, so I do have a bias.

However, I am trying to comprehend Pascal, and I still have great respect for assembler code...
Craig McGraw

BARCLONE Rocketry --
BARCLONE Blogsite --

BARs helping BARs

SAM 0044
AMA 352635
Reply With Quote