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By Xiao-Feng Li

Besides the more and more vital runtime engines pervasive in our daily-life computing, there's a powerful call for from the software program group for an effective presentation at the layout and implementation of recent digital machines, together with the Java digital laptop, javascript engine and Android execution engine. The neighborhood expects to determine not just formal set of rules description, but in addition pragmatic code snippets to appreciate not just learn subject matters, but in addition engineering options. This ebook meets those calls for by means of supplying a different description that mixes excessive point layout with low point implementations and educational complex subject matters with advertisement recommendations. This publication takes a holistic method of the layout of VM structure, with contents geared up right into a constant framework, introducing subject matters and algorithms in an simply understood step-by-step approach. It specializes in the serious elements of VM layout, that are usually ignored in different works, akin to runtime helpers, stack unwinding and local interface. The algorithms are absolutely illustrated in figures and applied in effortless to digest code snippets, making the summary ideas tangible and programmable for process software program builders.

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The application may give hint on the data’s life time but relies on the virtual machine to dispose. Although the underlying system may provide certain level of memory reclamation support, it is desirable for the virtual machine to directly manage the application data (and the associated memory), because only virtual machine accurately knows the application’s data type and life cycles. If memory manager does not help recycle the no-longer useful data, the virtual machine may still run correctly, but the footprint and performance may suffer.

Java SE 8) is a collection of specifications for Java language, JVM, Java Class Library, and tools. , OpenJDK 8) is a full implementation of a Java platform. Java platform has different editions (or profiles) called Standard Edition (Java SE), Enterprise Edition (Java EE), etc. They all share the same specifications of Java language and JVM but define different libraries and may have different implementations. NET framework. NET framework is an implementation of Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) specification.

This book does not cover these two parts, but only discusses the virtual machine. 1 CORE COMPONENTS OF VIRTUAL MACHINE Virtual machine implementations for the same language can vary dramatically in every aspect. But all of them must follow and support the same language specification; therefore, a set of core components are usually mandatory for every implementation. Based on the common nature of virtual machines, an implementation has to have components that load the application code into memory and resolve the symbols to internal addresses (loader and dynamic linker), perform the operations of the program (execution engine), manage the computing resource including memory (memory manager) and processors (thread scheduler), and provide a way to access external resources that are not directly accessible to the language (language extension or native interface).

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