HotSpot getting much warmer

Thursday Feb 25th 1999 by John Viega
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The Java community is waiting anxiously for Sun's "Second Generation" VM -- due in a month or so. But here's where things stand right now with HotSpot.

For quite a while now, Sun has been working on a technology called HotSpot, which they hope will satisfy the efficiency needs of most users.

While we've seen HotSpot mentioned in passing for over a year now, there has been v



The compiler

HotSpot also has a full-fledged highly optimizing compiler built into it. Unlike a JIT compiler, HotSpot doesn't compile the entire program before running it, bec
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