>It is also likely, as i believe MarkM has previously argued, that
>there is no performance benefit to be gained from bytecode since
>the target machine, with its platform-specific knowledge, will
>likely do a much better job of optimizing the run-time code than
>the bytecode compiler can.
There is a danger of losing the ability to do dynamic compilation efficiently here. Note that nobody has really tried to apply the techniques pioneered by Chris Frasier to compilation, and they really do help.
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