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- Subject: Re: Question regarding code generation
- From: Dibyendu Majumdar <mobile@...>
- Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 02:03:55 +0000
On 13 December 2015 at 00:20, Soni L. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> My aim is to generate a bytecode instruction that asserts the type of
>> an expression. I am treating the operator has a unary operator. Unlike
>> the existing unary operators the difference is that in this case the
>> bytecode has only one operand A which identifies a register - and the
>> bytecode asserts the type of the value held in that register. As this
>> is a unary operator then it can be used within expressions.
> Why not add opcodes that push special (internal) functions on the stack? And
> special-case them on the JIT?
> That way you'd probably have less work to do.
Hi - actually that is harder to do as Lua doesn't know that a name is
a function and by the time a function call is identified, arguments
have already been pushed on to the stack. The approach I have taken
has low overhead as all it does is a type assertion on an existing
My approach so far has been to keep the existing Lua parser and code
generator - which is very fast and efficient - but because code is
generated as the parser proceeds, some things are hard to do. I may
end up creating a new parser that generates an AST first but I am
trying to avoid that.