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Learning about Compilers and Bytecode from Thorsten Ball

What do compilers do? What is the runtime of a language? What does it mean to compile something down to bytecode and what executes the bytecode.  Throsten Ball answers these questions in this interview with Adam.

“A virtual machine is a computer built-in software, a CPU built-in software”
“Compilers can be slow. You know, I grew up running Linux and I had Gentoo running, so I basically let my computer run for the whole night to compile my window manager. So I do know how slow compilers can be and the reason they’re slow is because you’re paying the upfront costs that an interpreter pays at runtime. You’re paying a little bit more because you’re doing additional optimizations. You’re shifting the cost to a point in time where you’re happy to pay it.”

Writing A Compiler In GO

GCC Codebase Mirror

LLVM Codebase

TCC Compiler

C in 4 functions

8CC – small self-hosting compiler

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Learning about Compilers and Bytecode from Thorsten Ball