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Adam Strzelecki wrote:
> >> Having that such function use only built-in operators, locals
> >> and single types across whole body, could it be optimized
> >> straight ahead into machine code?
> > 
> > It would be possible to reduce the marshaling overhead with a lot
> > of effort. But there's no easy way to avoid the cost for entering
> > and leaving the VM in general. And that makes up the majority of
> > the overhead.
> Forgive my ignorance, I may be telling here total nonsense, but
> I am just thinking about specific case where function does use
> only built in operators (that cannot be overloaded) and do not
> modify global environment.

So that would cover only something like a+b*c+1.5, provided _all_
of the variables are passed as arguments. Even a single use of an
upvalue defined outside the function would foil that approach,
because of the need for type checks (which can fail).

I don't think that's a generally useful subset of the language for
this kind of problem.