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Re: Re: When is a script an application

by mikeB (Friar)
on Nov 07, 2001 at 21:54 UTC ( #123868=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: When is a script an application
in thread When is a script an application

Where do you draw the line between "compiled" and "interpreted"? Perl, Java, and older VB among others are compiled to an intermediate code which is then executed by an interpreter.

By the compiled/interpreted definition, VB programmers 5 years ago were writing "scripts" which, when compiled in a recent version, are now "programs".

Come to think of it, some mainframes use microcode to execute machine instructions. The microcode is an "interpreter" for the machine's assembly language. Guess that makes all those big COBOL programs scripts, not applications :)

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Re: Re: Re: When is a script an application
by Ven'Tatsu (Deacon) on Nov 08, 2001 at 10:14 UTC
    x86 asembly is compiled into macrocode. Each instruction is then translated by the CPU to a number of microcode instructions that are then run by the functional units. Is a hardware interpreter still an interpreter?

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