Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Apr 14 21:54:42 AEST 2015
At 20:17 +1000 14/4/15, Stephen Loosley wrote:
Once upon a time, computing terms had clear meanings.
Compile meant to convert source-code into executable code, i.e. the machine-language of a given computer.
Although I must admit that there were some that converted source-code into the assembler-language used for a given computer, which necessitated a second run, of the assembler to convert the result into an executable.
(Let's leave aside the frequently misunderstood notion of 'object-code').
Late-generation Fortran into Basic?? Algol into C? Algol into C++? Well, I guess the last of those may have some kind of logic to it.
More to the point, X-to-JS is not 'compiling' in the original sense.
I tried to make sense of some aspects of the topic in this one:
Written "a quarter-century ago". Ouch.
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