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Re: Parrot, cfengine, and embedded languages


From: Pe5kyTac0
Subject: Re: Parrot, cfengine, and embedded languages
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 08:05:41 -0800
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> I haven't seen any discussion about this with Ruby.  The others are new,
> too - I thought this was a Perl6 thing.

While this is a bit off-topic from cfengine, it should be answered for archive sake. Parrot started as a Perl 6 VM, but then a Larry Wall decided to play an April Fool prank and announce that Python and Perl were going to merge (something close to this). Then after the prank, they realized that the goals of Parrot could work as a VM for many scripting lanuages. This happened at the begining of Parrot dev. so it really is not anything new.
See the following link for more details:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parrot_virtual_machine

Pe5kyTac0


David Douthitt wrote:
On Mon, 2005-01-10 at 19:55, Tim Nelson wrote:

Incidentally, before I forget, is there any possibility that cfengine will ever be rewritten to run on Parrot? For those who haven't been following Parrot, it's the common platform (think JVM or .Net) which is going to be the backend for Perl6, Perl5, and probably also the other scripting languages (Python, Ruby, and a bunch of others; Haskell and Prolog have been talked about).


I haven't seen any discussion about this with Ruby.  The others are new,
too - I thought this was a Perl6 thing.


If we went this way, and did things right, we'd be able to embed any of these languages in cfengine, or embed cfengine into any of these languages, and we'd also have their *huge* libraries of pre-written functions on which to call. We'd also have cross-platformness built in :).


We can have that now.  Lua is my favorite - Tom's Root Boot (a
floppy-based rescue linux) is based on it, and APT-RPM just started
using it recently.

Guile (based on Scheme) also comes to mind.



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