re: Compiler or interpreter?

chris dollin <>
Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:15:44 +0100

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From: chris dollin <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:15:44 +0100
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: interpreter, design
Posted-Date: 18 Jun 2010 11:07:12 EDT

glen herrmannsfeldt wrote:

> So where do you draw a line between "true compiler" and "just an
> interpreter?"

There is no line.

There is more-compilery and more-interpretery, and they're more or
less inverses, but there's no objective distinction with all the
compilery things on one side and all the interpretery things on the

It's my feeling that arguments about where that line is are concealing
more interesting arguments about the details. It's the kind of
question that makes me ask, "if you had the answer, what would you do
with it?"

If you knew where the line between "true compiler" and "an
interpreter" ["just" is pejorative] was, what would you do
Chris "allusive" Dollin

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