Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#90 Compiling Java to executables...?

by Silverthorn <>

Tuesday March 28th, 2000 2:57 PM

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Yeah, there still might not be tons of huge programs running around as non-applet programs, but I certainly wouldn't say it is dead either...

As was said, once the speed can get going a bit more...

But while in this theme, what about the programs that can compile to regular non-interpreted machine code? I had d/led a microsoft thing that could do that a long time ago, but I haven't heard anything about programs like this for a long time, on any platforms...

At first this might seem to defeat the purpose, but think about it in terms of creating programs for multiple platforms.

Once you write the code, all you have to do is have one of these programs on each platform, and quickly compile it without having to re-write anything.

That should make it around as fast as a C/C++ program, without a lot of the hassles. And you could also distribute the regular java version for the people that want to run it interpreted, or with some of the JIT compiling...

It seems like this sort of thing would get more people using java for regular applications, until some of the speed issues are worked out better.

Is this being done? Are there any big programs that being distributed as binaries but are written in Java?

Just curious, Shawn