[Pdx-pm] meeting tonight - How a Virtual Machine Works
Seven till Seven
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Wed Jan 14 10:29:04 PST 2009
Wed. January 14th, 6:53pm at FreeGeek -- 1731 SE 10th Ave.
chromatic presents: How a Virtual Machine Works
languages use virtual machines as their execution environments. Instead
of compiling directly to machine code, they rely on the presence of an
ideal machine built specifically for the language – porting the
language to a new architecture often means only porting that virtual
Does that sound complicated? It's not. Some of the details of very
efficient and effective virtual machines are, but the general ideas are
This talk explains the important components of a virtual machine and
how they fit together. Examples will come from the world of Perl 5,
Parrot, and Perl 6, but the concepts apply to many languages and VMs.
You may never need to hack the guts of your favorite language, but
understanding how they work can help you become a better programmer.
As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the LuckyLab.
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