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9.4 Compiling to the Virtual Machine

Compilers have a mystique about them that is attractive and off-putting at the same time. They are attractive because they are magical – they transform inert text into live results, like throwing the switch on Frankenstein’s monster. However, this magic is perceived by many to be impenetrable.

This section aims to pay attention to the small man behind the curtain.

See Read/Load/Eval/Compile, if you’re lost and you just wanted to know how to compile your .scm file.