Some articles on modifying code, code:
... Self-modifying code is harder to read and maintain because the instructions in the source program listing are not necessarily the instructions that will be executed ... Self-modifying code can be rewritten as code that tests a flag and branches to alternative sequences based on the outcome of the test ... Self-modifying code avoids making such a test on every occasion, and typically runs faster ...
... cache (some ARM and MIPS cores) the cache synchronization must be explicitly performed by the modifying code (flush data cache and invalidate instruction cache for the modified memory area) ... In some cases short sections of self-modifying code execute more slowly on modern processors ... This is because a modern processor will usually try to keep blocks of code in its cache memory ...
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