On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Michal Suchanek <hramrach / centrum.cz> wrote:
>
> This is incredibly cool but can you really translate any language into
> machine code?

Of course. Otherwise, the code wouldn't be executed on a CPU, after all.

The question is if you can implement every feature a language has, but
that's more about how much work and workarounds you are willing to
invest (dynamic code is a touch harder, but since there's JRuby which
started before the JVM had any sort of dynamic capabilities at all..),
rather than pure ability.

See also: "Compiler" and "bytecode" or "intermediary language". ;)

After all, a programming language is a construct, an abstraction, that
allows us to instruct computers to do Stuff(tm), without us having to
lower ourselves to the CPU's level. ;)

The question is kind of like asking if computers can represent text,
or do substraction of irrational numbers, when all they do is binary
addition. ;)

-- 
Phillip Gawlowski

Though the folk I have met,
(Ah, how soon!) they forget
When I've moved on to some other place,
There may be one or two,
When I've played and passed through,
Who'll remember my song or my face.