Dynamic Interpretation for Dynamic Scripting Languages

Date Added: Sep 2009
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Dynamic scripting languages offer programmers increased flexibility by allowing properties of programs to be defined at run-time. Typically, program execution begins with an interpreter where type checks are implemented using conditional statements. Recent JIT compilers have begun removing run-time checks by specializing native code to program properties discovered at JIT time. This paper presents a novel intermediate representation for scripting languages that explicitly encodes types of variables. The dynamic representation is a flow graph, where each node is a specialized virtual instruction and each edge directs program flow based on control and type changes in the program.