[fpc-pascal] FPC for virtual machines?

Matt Emson memsom at interalpha.co.uk
Thu Feb 7 10:55:29 CET 2008

Jonas Maebe wrote:
> On 06 Feb 2008, at 22:48, Marco Alvarado wrote:
>> I'd love to create compilers for those virtual
>> platforms.
> Java will be hard, because it doesn't support plain pointers. I don't 
> known ActionScript. Anyway, you're welcome to try :)

Flash is a virtual machine. Flash 9 is a complete re-write. There are 
Flash assemblers available. Flash doesn't use "ActionScript"* at run 
tme, the code is compiled to bytecode, just like Java.

As a proof of concept (and interesting aside) see: 
http://community.netikatech.com/faq/ - it's a C# compiler targeting 
Flash (well, and Silverlight..)

* I believe is *is* possible to dynamically compile Action Script, and 
the older Flash runtimes were tied to Action Script more than Flash 9. 
Dunno, I just dabbled with Goa (as a pretty much full time C# 
programmer) and have used Flex 2 and Flex Builder (which is actually a 
really cool platform.)


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