Date

April 1986

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

Institution

Oregon Graduate Center

Abstract

QUICKTALK is a dialect of Smalltalk-80 that can be compiled directly into native machine code, instead of virtual machine bytecodes. The dialect includes "hints" on the class of method arguments, instance variables, and class variables. The dialect is designed to describe primitive Smalltalk methods. Improved performance over bytecodes is achieved by eliminating the interpreter loop on bytecode execution, by reducing the number of message send/returns via binding some target methods at compilation, and by eliminating redundant class checking. Changes to the Smalltalk- 80 system and compiler to support the dialect are identified and performance measurements are given.

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4Q81B0M

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