Linked by Peter Gerdes on Mon 10th Jan 2005 17:35 UTC
Editorial As a recent ACM Queue article observes the evolution of computer language is toward later and later binding and evaluation. So while one might quibble about the virtues of Java or the CLI (also known as microsoft.net) it seems inevitable that more and more software will be written for or at least compiled to virtual machines. While this trend has many virtues, not the least of which is compatibility, current implementations have several drawbacks. However, by cleverly incorporating these features into the OS, or at least including support for them, we can overcome these limitations and in some cases even turn them into strengths.
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Re: JIT is faster than static compilation
by Anonymous on Tue 11th Jan 2005 01:13 UTC

The JIT and its runtime will always know far, far more about the executing state of the machine than a static compiler and can adapt accordingly.

In a similar way, assembly actually runs slower than C in a lot of cases because the C compiler can produce code that places the processor in a specific state, and the processor can easily predict what goes on from there and execute ahead.

You can do more work AND run faster just by knowing more about the executing states of the machine. This isn't 1990 anymore.