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Google "Over the last few months we have been hard at work getting Native Client ready to support the new Pepper plug-in interface. Native Client is an open source technology that allows you to build web applications that seamlessly and safely execute native compiled code inside the browser. Today, we've reached an important milestone in our efforts to make Native Client modules as portable and secure as JavaScript, by making available a first release of the revamped Native Client .[...]In the coming months we will be adding APIs for 3D graphics, local file storage, WebSockets, peer-to-peer networking, and more. We'll also be working on Dynamic Shared Objects (DSOs), a feature that will eventually allow us to provide Application Binary Interface (ABI) stability."
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RE[6]: I still don't get it
by Moochman on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 16:42 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I still don't get it"
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So you saying that Java is not-native code and it's not interpreted? Wow! What kind of logic is that? Having Java byte-code JIT'ed doesn't make it non-interpreted, otherwise it would be compiled which it isn't.
Unless a third option other than "compiled" or "interpreted" has been found just for Java, it is not different from any scripting, VM'ed, or compiled-to-intermediate-code language.


Yes. Please get your facts straight before going off on a rant. Java is *compiled* to Java byte code. It is a form of machine code that is run on a virtual machine. It is *not* interpreted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-in-time_compilation

As for JavaScript, yes it is interpreted despite the JIT engine that it's running on, because I define interpreted to mean "there is no binary". With Java there is a binary that needs to be created prior to execution, which at least historically (and in part due to the static typing of the language) has meant greater performance compared to interpreted languages. If JavaScript one day truly is able to best Java in performance, then I agree that the distinction will have become more or less meaningless.

Edited 2011-02-23 17:01 UTC

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