Re: compiler target? (John Dallman)
16 Mar 2003 23:56:16 -0500

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From: (John Dallman)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 Mar 2003 23:56:16 -0500
Organization: Nextra UK
References: 03-03-071
Keywords: translator
Posted-Date: 16 Mar 2003 23:56:16 EST (Tom Lien) wrote:
> My question is, if you were involved in this project, what would you
> generate from the AST? We don't want to target a particular assembly
> language because it is not portable. Would you recommend compiling down
> to another language such as c or c++. Or what about targeting a virtual
> machine (java, .net)? Are there other options we should consider?

For a first shot at this kind of thing, targeting C or C++, whichever
looks easiest, seem the best thing to do. The first question for a new
programming language is always "how useful is it, in action?" and
being able to modify it relatively easily as you experiment is a good
idea. If compiling to another language imposes unacceptable overheads,
fixing that is best left until you've proved your creation is useful.

John Dallman
                    "C++ - the FORTRAN of the early 21st century."

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