Re: Compiler Output

rab@mimsy.UUCP (Bob Bruce)
9 Dec 87 23:20:04 GMT

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From: rab@mimsy.UUCP (Bob Bruce)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Keywords: compilers, assemblers, languages
Date: 9 Dec 87 23:20:04 GMT
References: <777@ima.ISC.COM>
From: rab@mimsy.UUCP (Bob Bruce)
Organization: U of Maryland, Dept. of Computer Science, Coll. Pk., MD 20742

An indirect advantage of generating intermediate assembly code is
that this encourages the design of fast and simple assemblers.
This usually makes them much easier for human users as well.
I have written assembly language programs on many machines, under
several operating systems, and I am very impressed by the
elegant simplicity of unix assemblers.

[You would hope so, though Unix assemblers have been no more immune to
the feature disease than any other. On the other hand, none of them have
been as bad as IBM OS/360 Assember F which made four separate passes over
the source. -John]

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