DISCLAIMER: These notes are from the defunct k8 project which precedes SquirrelJME. The notes for SquirrelJME start on 2016/02/26! The k8 project was effectively a Java SE 8 operating system and as such all of the notes are in the context of that scope. That project is no longer my goal as SquirrelJME is the spiritual successor to it.


Thought about using a trick for handling long values on 32-bit systems as splitting them up in register form, however that would be a bit ugly. What I need is a way to have a growable buffer where I can still access it as a buffer directly, rather than just say being an output stream. Well, I suppose IntBuffer works, I can go back as needed, but if it ever needs resizing I will have to reallocate and recopy the data. I will need an Assembler base class in NARF that will be extended to by the DynaRec assembler, it can act on a base buffer. Say for PowerPC the instructions are all 32-bit in length while on x86 they would not be so much like that. Sadly Buffer cannot be extended so I cannot write a 24-bit integer or oddly sized buffers at all. I could always just write my own extendable thing that uses a ByteBuffer, if the result gets too large I can re-allocate them as needed.


I am going to need a key I can use in a map to specify an operation, although I can just use the class of operands.


And using a MethodHandle should simplify things.


Had this idea that the base assembler could create the CodeBank that is used for target of code execution.


Perhaps I can write my own simulated system of sorts so I can make sure the logic of my operands is correct as desired. But that would duplicate effort sort of. Perhaps instead of PowerPC I should target MIPS first instead since that is far simpler. I have written a MIPS instruction simulator before, which was quite easy.


However, MIPSr6 is a complete game changer as I will actually need two code generators. One for r5 and older and one for r6 and newer since so much has changed.