Re: Java compiler courses

Russell Shaw <>
23 Apr 2007 07:48:35 -0400

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From: Russell Shaw <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 23 Apr 2007 07:48:35 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 07-04-074Ke
Keywords: Java, courses
Posted-Date: 23 Apr 2007 07:48:35 EDT

wooks wrote:
> Why do they exist.
> Why would anybody want to teach a compiler course in Java when it
> seems that there are more and better resources (books, tools)
> supporting a compilers course based on C (aside from the obvious -
> students are taught Java and not C).
> Why would anybody want to write a compiler in Java (unless it's the
> only language they know).

Because C is too hard for teachers brought up on VB, and they usually
don't have the experience to write decent code in it.

And anyway, that would be giving the students something actually
useful and efficient in the real world and we couldn't have that
happening now could we? ;)

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