Immutable Debate

18 June, 2012

With a transition looming from 32-bit to 64-bit, the VM-dev mailing list had a discussion about what the new object format should be. One of the issues was whether the new object format should have an immutability bit. A wide range of opinions appeared and at times the debate became somewhat heated. It is an interesting discussion for anybody interested in the design and construction of virtual machines.

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