[TUHS] Compilation "vs" byte-code interpretation, was Re: Looking back to 1981 - what pascal was popular on what unix?

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Tue Feb 1 08:45:58 AEST 2022

On Mon, 31 Jan 2022, Paul Winalski wrote:

> On 1/30/22, Steve Nickolas <usotsuki at buric.co> wrote:
>> And I think I've heard the Infocom compilers' bytecode called "Z-code" (I
>> use this term too).
> That is correct.  The Infocom games ran on an interpreter for an
> abstract machine called the Z-machine.  Z-code is the Z-machine's
> instruction set.  There is a freeware implementation out there called
> Frotz.
> -Paul W.
> "Plugh" (said in a hollow voice)

There's also InfoTaskForce and JZIP, both of which I *think* work on *x, 
but they are not as advanced as Frotz.  JZIP comes closer, having been 
Frotz's main competition for some time in the late 1990s.


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