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    I honestly never really took a closer look at this book because of its title; I assumed you wouldn’t name your book “Crafting Interpreters” if it was about compilers as well.

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      A good interpreter is 80% of a working compiler. Parsing, language level optimization, some kind of intermediate representation are all required for both interpreters and compilers.

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        Ah, well the compilers I’ve worked on have been for lisps and forths, both of which make parsing and intermediate representation more or less trivial tasks. I could see how these would be a lot more work if you chose to give your language a more complicated syntax.

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        The most memorable chapters for me are about hashmaps, interning, garbage collector, closures. So, not really about interpretation nor compilation but about runtimes.