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How is this meaningfully different in scope and intention vs Parrot? That project went on for a long time until every language (including its original target, Raku) decided they’d rather build their own more specialized JIT. What would prevent MIR from meeting the same fate?

MIR is much more flexible. It's like CraneLift but more basic.

Anything you write in MIR can be compiled by MIR. Parrot only JITs Parrot bytecode, so the applications are much more limited.

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