Re: Interpreter design

Basile STARYNKEVITCH <basile.starynkevitch@wanadoo.fr>
18 Jan 2001 00:52:19 -0500

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From: Basile STARYNKEVITCH <basile.starynkevitch@wanadoo.fr>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 18 Jan 2001 00:52:19 -0500
Organization: http://lesours.dyndns.org/ - Les Ours
References: 01-01-059
Keywords: interpreter
Posted-Date: 18 Jan 2001 00:52:18 EST

>>>>> "Juan" == Juan Carlos Gil Montoro <jcgil@gmv.es> writes:


        Juan> What is the best strategy to implement an interpreter for a
        Juan> custom language?. I've done compilers and translators [...]


First of all, unless you want to do research in programming languages
(in which case you'll already know the answer to the question), *DO
NOT* design yet another language from scratch.... But try to use an
existing language design (perhaps enhancing it).


If you do want to make a new langage, first study lots of existing
languages and existing implementations....


In short, the best strategy to implement an interpreter is to not do
it.


Perhaps you could use or extend an existing implementation... Why not
use Ocaml, Scheme, Tcl, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc....?


Do you need to embed an interpreter inside an application (or do the
reverse: embed your application inside an interpreter).


Perhaps you could translate your language to an existing bytecode
interpeter (such as Ocaml's, or JVM, or VSCM, ....).


Regards....
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