I was under the impression that the point in code-golf was to generate the shortest source code in some programming language.
However, some of the answers are binary files, e.g. MS-DOS
.com files. Now don’t get me wrong, obviously there’s no problem with posting these, especially if the solution is elegant and interesting. But should the compiled/assembled binary be considered for the length of the code?
If so, would it be similarly acceptable to write the solution in C/C++, use a code-size super-optimising compiler to generate a binary, and then claim the size of the compiled binary as the score? What about managed code, e.g. JVM bytecode, .NET IL, Parrot, etc.?