Re: distributing precompiled binaries
On Thu, Apr 02, 2009 at 07:38:39PM +0100, Dave Howe wrote:
> MJ Ray wrote:
> > So where did the above "PDF and PS are programming languages" argument
> > come from? References, please!
> PDF and PS *are* programming languages, and quite powerful ones.
> However, they are entirely interpreted - the output of a pdf "compiler"
> would be a static image, not a pdf document, as pdf is the source (if
> that makes sense)
> PDF and PS documents are often mechanically generated - they are
> transformed from some other document format - but that doesn't mean that
> they are "compiled code". The transform is more like a preprocessor pass
> - the output is still valid source, just not the same source as was
> originally written.
> I would direct you to
> http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/foster/postscript.html for your
> amusement - the first example is a fairly impressive raytracing program
> written in postscript.