Thoughts on a concurrent Squeak VM

Gary Chambers gazzaguru2 at
Thu Nov 1 01:04:51 UTC 2007

A Slang to Squeak refactoring tool, perhaps...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: squeak-dev-bounces at
> [mailto:squeak-dev-bounces at]On Behalf Of
> Andreas Raab
> Sent: 01 November 2007 1:00 AM
> To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list
> Subject: Re: Thoughts on a concurrent Squeak VM
> tim Rowledge wrote:
> > Yes, we could probably rewrite a lot of code currently in C
> source files
> > and put it into Slang methods. Yes, we could probably improve Slang (we
> > tried to get some of that done at Interval but ran out of time) to be
> > more friendly. Yes, we could do lots of things. Got time to do them? Or
> > money to pay me/Craig/Andreas/Ian/John/Mike/Bryce/whoever to do it
> > fulltime? That's the kind of thing that would be required to be able to
> > make any major changes
> Well, but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water. Improvements
> would be welcome, in particular if they are easy to review and to
> integrate. It is probably unwise to start this as the
> lets-rewrite-the-vm-and-its-tools-from-scratch approach but there are
> plenty of things that we could do better. For example, I would welcome a
> patch that enables the code generator to optionally build the entire VM
> as an object. That'd be a very nice stepping stone towared a
> multi-threaded VM and can probably be done in a fairly incremental way.
> Cheers,
>   - Andreas

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