Compiling Actions by Partial Evaluation, Revisited

Olivier Danvy
Morten Rhiger

June 1998


We revisit Bondorf and Palsberg's compilation of actions using the offline syntax-directed partial evaluator Similix (FPCA '93, JFP '96), and we compare it in detail with using an online type-directed partial evaluator. In contrast to Similix, our type-directed partial evaluator is idempotent and requires no ``binding-time improvements.'' It also appears to consume about 7 times less space and to be about 28 times faster than Similix, and to yield residual programs that are perceptibly more efficient than those generated by Similix

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