A LLVM shout-out from Charlie Stross

[ Sorry if this is the wrong list; I don't know of an 'llvm-news' list ]

In a discussion about ebooks on his blog (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/07/why-ebooks-are-not-like-paper-.html):

  Why ebooks are not like paper books


Other key points:

It's irrelevant in trade fiction, but epub 3.x permits embedding of Javascript. Which means that technical books can contain anything, up to and including a full i486 emulator running Linux. Or a Python interpreter. The LLVM compiler can emit Javascript instead of machine code; arbitrary programs are now embeddable in ebooks. This is going to revolutionize some aspects of publishing; imagine a programming tutorial where the code examples are editable and executable, inside the ebook.

-- Marshall

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