Fishing for a CS Masters Thesis Topic

J J azreal1977 at
Wed Jun 20 18:55:39 UTC 2007

> Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 22:40:44 +0300> From: danielv at> To: squeak-dev at> Subject: Re: Fishing for a CS Masters Thesis Topic> > Under languages:Also under languages:What I would personally like to see worked on is having a better language to fill the systems programming roll.  Right now everything converges on C/C++.  There are higher level languages that are used to systems programming (e.g. Slang), but as far as I know they *all* convert to C.  The GCC project has the ability to take an AST directly to convert to machine code, but this is also constrained by what C is capable of.What I would like to see is some other language used for this "portable assembler", but without the assumptions and limitations of C [1].  Instead of deciding that added complexity is the solution (e.g. C++) I would like to see a language that looked to simplicity.  Personally, I was thinking of a Lisp language for this roll because Lisp is the only language I am aware of (a useful one anyway) that is actually *simpler* then Smalltalk.  I think powerful Lisp macros would also make it possible to build abstractions on top of the very low level primitives so that you don't have to do thinks like do a function call setup unless you didn't like any of the available options.[1] Some of the limitations I was thinking of are things like the stack-based method of doing function calls and the inability to catch overflow, but I'm sure there are even more.Thanks,Jason
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