Re: Choosing a parser for Mathematica input

Hans Aberg <haberg-news@telia.com>
Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:49:54 +0100

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From: Hans Aberg <haberg-news@telia.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:49:54 +0100
Organization: A noiseless patient Spider
References: 10-11-017 10-11-019
Keywords: parse,
Posted-Date: 09 Nov 2010 18:09:39 EST

On 2010/11/09 16:46, Jonathan Thornburg [remove -animal to reply] wrote:
>> http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.51.4310&rep=rep1&type=pdf
>
> Fateman's work was a *Mathematica-to-Lisp* translator: quoting from that paper,
> he wrote
> "a Common Lisp program that can read (from a file or a keyboard) virtually
> any Mathematica program or command, and will produce a Lisp data structure
> closely resembling the FullForm printout of Mathematica."
>
> It's also worth noting that Wolfram Research claims copyright over the
> Mathematica language, and asserts that Fateman's translator infringed
> that copyright. (Google 'Fateman Mathematica "Brown& Bain"' for a
> letter from WRI's lawyers to Fateman claiming this.)


A computer language cannot be copyrighted, ...


> I don't know the exact boundary of how much of and/or how closely
> you can clone Mathematica without getting into legal trouble.


... only actual code. So only if actual code has been used, there might
be a problem.
[This agrees with my understanding as well, but none of us are lawyers,
so I'll end the legal discussion here. -John]



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