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From: tstcroix AT ix DOT netcom DOT com
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: Interpreted languages.
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 1997 12:58:14 -0400
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Erik Max Francis wrote:
> 
> Adam W Lee wrote:
> 
> > Not really, go read up on http://www.intel.com..  I was looking into
> > good
> > methods for P2 assembly, and according to one of the pages I read, the
> > P2
> > is basically a RISC chip which has to interpret the dinosaur 80x86
> > assembly in order to maintain backwards compatibility.
> 
> Yes, but the processor can directly accept 80x86 instructions.  That
> definitely makes it machine language, and thus turning source code into
> 80x86 machine language is definitely "compiling."
> 
> --
>        Erik Max Francis, &tSftDotIotE / email / max AT alcyone DOT com
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At what level of complexity does a microprocessor cease being a
microprocessor?
Let's pick nits...
When designers moved away from strict, combinatorial logic and started
using
microcode, all machine code from that point on was interpreted...they
became
true 'computers on a chip' complete with their own interpreter in rom.

tim

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