Harvard vs. vonNeuman

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue Sep 28 17:22:45 2004

On Tue, 2004-09-28 at 18:07 -0400, David V. Corbin wrote:
> To the best of my knowledge, the Microsoft .NET platform is the first
> run-time environment [not development environment] in which a compiler,
> linker and all of the associated capabilities are included. If you have a
> windows machine [XP, 2K] and have applied the windowsupdates, then all of
> these tools are already resident on your machines!

Hmm, interesting point. PHP's the example which immediately springs to
mind - I believe it has the equivalent of eval to execute dynamically
generated code (and these days is available in standalone flavours). Not
sure if it beat .net to availability though.

Doesn't Perl have something along these lines? I'd be surprised if not.

Unix shell scripts qualify too I suppose.

And Java comes close, but with the added security of the compiler being

(And with the exception of Unix shell scripts, they'll all work on any
modern platform, not just one particular line)


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