Despite the fact that the term “transpiling” has been around since last century, there appears to be a fair bit of confusion about what it means and what the difference between transpiling and compiling is.
- Firstly, transpiling is a specific kind of compiling.
- This helps a great deal as we now know we are talking about the same kind of thing.
- It is actually a specific kind of compiling. So how do we define it compared to the more general term?
- is the general term for taking source code written in one language and transforming into another
- is a specific term for taking source code written in one language and transforming into another language that has a similar level of abstraction
So , to explain relatively, when you compile C#, your method bodies are transformed by the compiler into IL. This cannot be called transpiling because the two languages are very different levels of abstraction.
– eg: Compile TypeScript
optimise the code
Both compilers and transpilers can optimise the code as part of the process.
other transpiling examples