[erlang-questions] Erlang 10 years of Open Source; it is time for the next step

Matthew Dempsky matthew@REDACTED
Tue Mar 18 13:52:50 CET 2008

On 3/18/08, Massimo Cesaro <massimo.cesaro@REDACTED> wrote:
> But Jython and the likes are not Python; I don't know about Python, but I
> think that the Python community is sticking to the kosher Python as defined
> by Guido van Rossum.

The point of projects like Stackless and PyPy are not to get the
community to move to a new platform.  They're domains for
experimenting with new ideas without complicating the baseline
implementation.  If those experiments prove successful, they're likely
to gain wider attention and use (e.g., a lot of Stackless features
have been integrated into PyPy).

> I wouldn't call HiPE a flavor. HiPE is a native compiler derived from Erlang
> specifications which eventually was merged in the language distribution
> itself.

>From the HiPE manual at

"The HiPE system is intended as an experimental platform for research
in language implementation and compiler techniques as applied to
Erlang.  One goal with this system is that [it] should be a complete
Erlang implementation."

This is exactly what Jython/Stackless/PyPy/IronPython/etc. are.

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