Virtual Machine Design and Implementation in C/C++ with CD-ROM

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With the emergence of multiplatform production systems and network-centric computing, the software industry has witnessed the resurgence of the virtual machine. Rather than committing to any single operating system, software engineers have embraced platform-neutral development tools and run-time environments. Virtual Machine Design and Implementation in C/C++ provides an in-depth look at the construction and underlying theory of a fully functional virtual machine and an entire ...
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With the emergence of multiplatform production systems and network-centric computing, the software industry has witnessed the resurgence of the virtual machine. Rather than committing to any single operating system, software engineers have embraced platform-neutral development tools and run-time environments. Virtual Machine Design and Implementation in C/C++ provides an in-depth look at the construction and underlying theory of a fully functional virtual machine and an entire suite of related development tools.

The book begins with a discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of the author's HEC virtual machine and its fundamental design goals, and continues with a section on the implementation of the virtual machine and its debugger. The final section focuses on the HEC assembler, including its interface to the native operating system, interrupts, the assembly language, and how to implement object-oriented constructs. There is also an extended discussion of porting the HEC virtual machine to other platforms. To assist in accomplishing this goal, the author offers a critical path analysis of the development process so that readers can build both their own virtual machine and an entire operating system.

The companion CD contains the source code for both the Win32 and Linux ports of the HEC distribution, including the HEC virtual machine, assembler, debugger, and associated development utilities.

Author Biography: Bill Blunden has a bachelor's degree in physics from Cornell and a master's degree in operations research. He has spent the past ten years performing R&D on enterprise middleware, implementing distributed computing software, and working with security protocols.

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Initially [Blunden] starts slowly, and introduces the reader to how CPUs work, how memory works, how paging works, and how almost any other system process you can imagine works. Nothing is missed out. Multitasking, threads, processes, porting ... he covers it all. This is excellent for those new to some of these topics, and makes this an advanced book that's actually quite readable by someone with a modicum of computer science experience. … Whether you want to learn about system architecture, assembler construction, or just have a reasonably fun programming-related read, this book is great.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556229039
  • Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 668
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Excellent coverage of VMs and related topics!

    This is an excellent book, and well worth the money. Blunden has an obvious love for his work, and presents a number of obscure and demanding topics in a very easy to understand way. There's lots of small source code examples scattered throughout the book, and you can learn all of the key topics without getting lost. The book covers the development of an assembler, a debugger, and an entire VM. Exactly what the budding VM developer needs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2002

    Design Docs and Source Code for a Virtual Machine!

    Virtual Machine Design and Implementation describes, in a simple series of steps, how to construct a production-quality runtime system. This includes powerful features like TCP/IP networking, interfacing to native code, and synchronization primitives. Everything that you would expect from a commercial runtime system is presented in explicit detail. This includes associated development tools, like a bytecode assembler, symbolic debugger, and binary analyzer. <p><p> The book is divided into four sections. The first is dedicating to explaining the theoretical underpinnings of the HEC virtual machine and its fundamental design goals. The second section presents the implementation of the virtual machine and its corresponding development tools. The third section explains the virtual machine's interface to the host operating system and a lucid exposition on its assembly language. The final section discusses how Object-Oriented languages can be represented in terms of the virtual machine's execution environment, so that modern development tools can be used to target the HEC virtual machine. There is also an extended discussion of how the HEC virtual machine can be ported to other platforms. To this end, the author offers a critical path analysis of the development process so that the reader can build their own virtual machine. This is followed by a critical path analysis of the procedures necessary to build an entire operating system!<p><p> The accompanying CD-ROM contains source code from the book and has 'ready-to-use' versions of the Windows and Linux HEC virtual machine ports.<p><p>

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