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reply Gregor Richards <Richards codu.org> writes:
No, I'm not saying somebody should do it, I'm saying I've done it.

http://www.codu.org/nestedvm-gdc/

Using NestedVM, a tool that lets you compile anything GCC supports to 
Java bytecode, I've made a modified copy of GDC that can produce native 
Java .class files from D source.

What's the use? I don't know, I only did it to have a bit of perverse fun.

Sockets and threads don't work yet, and it's not extensively tested, but 
it works enough to get a simple Hello, World! compiled.

I'll put up full documentation on using it later, just thought the NG 
might be interested in knowing it exists.

  - Gregor Richards
Dec 12 2006
next sibling parent reply =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Anders_F_Bj=F6rklund?= <afb algonet.se> writes:
Gregor Richards wrote:

 Using NestedVM, a tool that lets you compile anything GCC supports to 
 Java bytecode, I've made a modified copy of GDC that can produce native 
 Java .class files from D source.
 
 What's the use? I don't know, I only did it to have a bit of perverse fun.
 Sockets and threads don't work yet, and it's not extensively tested,
 but it works enough to get a simple Hello, World! compiled.

Excellent hack! Will give it a try on Mac OS X, might even be useful. :) "NestedVM provides binary translation for Java Bytecode. This is done by having GCC compile to a MIPS binary which is then translated to a Java class file." "Entire virtual memory space mapped to a giant int[][] array indexed by page, then address. Breaking memory up by pages allows memory to be dynamically allocated." "Applications interact with the Operating System via the SYSCALL instruction. ... The syscall instruction is simply mapped to the syscall() method of the Runtime class." So it seems the only thing GDC needs is a "nestedvm" OS and "MIPS" CPU ? --anders PS. Quotes from http://www.zentus.com/nestedvm/ and their NestedVM.pdf
Dec 13 2006
parent reply Gregor Richards <Richards codu.org> writes:
Anders F Björklund wrote:
 Gregor Richards wrote:
 
 Using NestedVM, a tool that lets you compile anything GCC supports to 
 Java bytecode, I've made a modified copy of GDC that can produce 
 native Java .class files from D source.

 What's the use? I don't know, I only did it to have a bit of perverse 
 fun.
 Sockets and threads don't work yet, and it's not extensively tested,
 but it works enough to get a simple Hello, World! compiled.

Excellent hack! Will give it a try on Mac OS X, might even be useful. :) "NestedVM provides binary translation for Java Bytecode. This is done by having GCC compile to a MIPS binary which is then translated to a Java class file." "Entire virtual memory space mapped to a giant int[][] array indexed by page, then address. Breaking memory up by pages allows memory to be dynamically allocated." "Applications interact with the Operating System via the SYSCALL instruction. ... The syscall instruction is simply mapped to the syscall() method of the Runtime class." So it seems the only thing GDC needs is a "nestedvm" OS and "MIPS" CPU ? --anders PS. Quotes from http://www.zentus.com/nestedvm/ and their NestedVM.pdf

First off, for the skeptical: While all those quotes are true, it isn't as bad as it seems. It compiles the actual code to Java bytecodes, so it's not a virtual /execution/ environment, just virtual memory and a virtual syscall handler. OK, now on to what you actually asked: I'll be documenting how to get it all compiled soon. It's unfortunately a bit of a pain in the arse. Basically, you need to compile NestedVM (with GCC <4), then compile a newer GCC with GDC and my patch, with the same configure flags as those used for NestedVM. G'luck if you want to try it before I put up a doc :) - Gregor Richards
Dec 13 2006
parent =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Anders_F_Bj=F6rklund?= <afb algonet.se> writes:
Gregor Richards wrote:

 PS. Quotes from http://www.zentus.com/nestedvm/ and their NestedVM.pdf

First off, for the skeptical: While all those quotes are true, it isn't as bad as it seems. It compiles the actual code to Java bytecodes, so it's not a virtual /execution/ environment, just virtual memory and a virtual syscall handler.

I actually thought "was that all there was to it" and that it sounded easy, sorry if it sounded bad in any way. Patches to GDC were minimal*. I thought the virtual execution environment of the JVM was a feature :-) Somehow the idea of running a virtual OS in a virtual VM is hilarious. Running through your installation, just installing darcs and ghc first. (not sure if it's needed but seemed to be, so I use MacPorts to install) --anders * it probably could be cut down a bit, once the autoconf stuff is fixed.
Dec 13 2006
prev sibling next sibling parent Lars Ivar Igesund <larsivar igesund.net> writes:
Gregor Richards wrote:

 No, I'm not saying somebody should do it, I'm saying I've done it.
 
 http://www.codu.org/nestedvm-gdc/
 
 Using NestedVM, a tool that lets you compile anything GCC supports to
 Java bytecode, I've made a modified copy of GDC that can produce native
 Java .class files from D source.
 
 What's the use? I don't know, I only did it to have a bit of perverse fun.
 
 Sockets and threads don't work yet, and it's not extensively tested, but
 it works enough to get a simple Hello, World! compiled.
 
 I'll put up full documentation on using it later, just thought the NG
 might be interested in knowing it exists.
 
   - Gregor Richards

I suppose the most important question would be how to interface between Java and D. -- Lars Ivar Igesund blog at http://larsivi.net DSource & #D: larsivi
Dec 13 2006
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Alexander Panek <a.panek brainsware.org> writes:
What the... X_X

You seem to be pretty much bored, don't ya? :O

Apart from that, good work. Should be an argument against people 
shouting out loud about D not being capable of running inside a VM. ;)

Kind regards,
Alex
Dec 13 2006
parent reply Gregor Richards <Richards codu.org> writes:
Alexander Panek wrote:
 What the... X_X
 
 You seem to be pretty much bored, don't ya? :O
 
 Apart from that, good work. Should be an argument against people 
 shouting out loud about D not being capable of running inside a VM. ;)
 
 Kind regards,
 Alex

Bored? Nah, I just have a perverse sense of humor ;) It actually only took me a few hours to get this working. That's a good point - it may not be particularly useful, but for people in love with VMs ... who knows. - Gregor Richards
Dec 13 2006
parent Lars Ivar Igesund <larsivar igesund.net> writes:
Gregor Richards wrote:

 Alexander Panek wrote:
 What the... X_X
 
 You seem to be pretty much bored, don't ya? :O
 
 Apart from that, good work. Should be an argument against people
 shouting out loud about D not being capable of running inside a VM. ;)
 
 Kind regards,
 Alex

Bored? Nah, I just have a perverse sense of humor ;) It actually only took me a few hours to get this working. That's a good point - it may not be particularly useful, but for people in love with VMs ... who knows. - Gregor Richards

Or who are otherwise contracted to use Java/JVM at work ... -- Lars Ivar Igesund blog at http://larsivi.net DSource & #D: larsivi
Dec 13 2006
prev sibling parent Gregor Richards <Richards codu.org> writes:
Gregor Richards wrote:
 No, I'm not saying somebody should do it, I'm saying I've done it.
 
 http://www.codu.org/nestedvm-gdc/
 
 Using NestedVM, a tool that lets you compile anything GCC supports to 
 Java bytecode, I've made a modified copy of GDC that can produce native 
 Java .class files from D source.
 
 What's the use? I don't know, I only did it to have a bit of perverse fun.
 
 Sockets and threads don't work yet, and it's not extensively tested, but 
 it works enough to get a simple Hello, World! compiled.
 
 I'll put up full documentation on using it later, just thought the NG 
 might be interested in knowing it exists.
 
  - Gregor Richards

I've added some basic documentation on compiling and installing nestedvm-gdc, as well as a nifty script 'gdcj' that does compilation and generation of .jar files for you :) http://www.codu.org/nestedvm-gdc/ - Gregor Richards
Dec 13 2006