Static Languages

Jonathan Leto jaleto at
Wed Mar 3 17:22:49 UTC 2010


I just remembered that Porcupine [0] (Pascal on Parrot) is an example
of a static language on the Parrot VM. Sadly, it is currently listed
as "abandoned", but I am interested in resurrecting it.


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On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM, Jon Gentle <parrot at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been wondering for a few months now, how useful/appropriate is parrot
> for static languages?  If it's not, has there ever been any discussion about
> a companion vm project? One that would not only be similar in design and
> philosophy, but would integrate with parrot and enable static and dynamic
> languages to coexist.
> The reason that I ask, is because some years ago, I worked on my own little
> project called draak.  It was aimed at being a compiler that didn't
> understand a particular language, but at runtime would load and parse a
> language's lex and parser from a text file and then compile it.  I was able
> to get all of that to work fairly well, but I never had a good intermediate
> representation, instead I just used x86 asm as the output.  In recent years,
> I have gone back and forth on how to do a good IR, between using parrot,
> something like llvm, and rolling my own, but I could never get enough worked
> through to make a decision.  My question above is spawned from liking the
> concept and implementation that has been done so far with parrot, but never
> sure if parrot would be good for static languages.  While I was thinking
> through that, I had some musing that if parrot didn't fit the bill, could
> parrot have a companion project that would focus on static languages.  That
> would allow an entire dynamic/static language ecosystem to exist.
> I apologize if the question has been asked, discussed and answered before.
> My google-fu is not as strong as it once was.
> -Jon Gentle
> _______________________________________________

Jonathan "Duke" Leto
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