RunRev compilation (was another "vs" thread)
stepheNREVOLUTION at barncard.com
Mon Jan 3 17:51:39 EST 2005
Hey, Richard, I'd give Tom Pittman many kudos for inventing CompilIt!
- sure, it was convoluted concept, but it saved my ass many times in
a working environment. In 1989 I did a lot with text string
manipulation and hex-decimal conversion in software designed to go
through a serial port to some hardware for control.
Hypertalk, even the improved versions later was still way too slow.
So I used both Compilit! and Hyperbasic to make XCMDs that really
sped up workflow. Hyperbasic was preferred because they had the
better serial port code, which I had to use in a loop. Interperted
hypertalk was way too slow. But Compilit was great for complex text
I had never heard of the 'unreleased derivative' you speak of... interesting.
The 'funky syntax' you mentioned wasn't that hard - most of it was
optimizing loops and helping the compiler recognize integers (by
adding zero), the rest ran quite automatically. I thought it was
>kee nethery wrote:
>>long ago in Hypercard land there was a product that would compile
>>hypertalk into an XFCN or XCMD. I would not be surprised if someone
>>on this list wrote it. Perhaps it is time for them to update and
>That was CompileIt!, written by Tom Pittman. I enjoyed working with
>an unreleased derivative of it made by Mark Hanrek, which automated
>a lot of the symbol linking and stuff that made Pittman's interface
>nearly impossible to work with.
>On top of that, since xTalk was never designed for compilation you
>had to do a lot of funky syntax to get any reasonable compilation.
>In retrospect, working with C is in many ways simpler than the odd
>Symbol Table-HyperTalk mish-mash that CompileIt! required.
> Richard Gaskin
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