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 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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VM Based Development
by David Rollins on Tue 11th Jan 2005 06:16 UTC

There are some other nice benefits of VM-based architectures. Generally better integrated security. VMs make it much more difficult to create buffer overflows. And, while it's still possible for coding errors to lead to privilege escalation within a VM (for example, when somebody misses a security demand prior to executing sensitive code), the sandboxed nature of a VM can provide yet another layer of security around an app (aka shell) to prevent it from horking your machine. Better portability. Easier coding and maintenance. Reflection (which makes late-binding a lot easier than using RTTI in C++).