Re: Time to Write a Compiler (Oberon)

Rob Turner <>
Thu, 15 Nov 90 13:05:25 GMT

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From: Rob Turner <>
Keywords: design, optimize
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 90 13:05:25 GMT

Chuck Lins writes:

> [stuff about Object Oberon compiler he has written]
>Now I can concentrate on optimizations, adding the object oriented
>extensions, and the other capabilities necessary for a production quality

Does this mean that many of the optimizations that will eventually appear
in the compiler have not been thought about yet? In my experience, most
compilers have been written in this way. That is, they are designed
without consideration of optimizations and/or language enhancements, and
these are then tagged onto the end later, often resulting in a less then
elegant end-product. Maybe if things like optimization are taken into
consideration at the outset, a lot of compilers may be designed

This is in no way a criticism of Chuck's compiler. It is just a thought.

Robert Turner |
Department of Computer Science
University of Hull
Hull HU6 7RX

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