|Is this a new idea? M.J.Landzaat@fel.tno.nl (1992-10-28)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-10-31)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-02)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-11-03)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-03)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (Byron Rakitzis) (1992-11-04)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? ttk@ucscb.UCSC.EDU (1992-11-04)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-04)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-11-04)|
|[12 later articles]|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Clyde Smith-Stubbs)|
|Organization:||HI-TECH Software, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.|
|Date:||Mon, 2 Nov 1992 10:25:44 GMT|
|Keywords:||performance, question, comment|
M.J.Landzaat@fel.tno.nl (Maarten Landzaat) writes:
>[a compiler] that during my editing, reads the program text I typed in so
>far, and tries to compile and link it as much as it can in the background,
>with low priority so nobody gets bad response.
I can see several reasons why something like this would be of limited
If you make an error near the top of the file, what do you want it to do;
notify you immediately (thus interrupting your train of thought), or give
up and wait till you type 'cc'? If the second, the advantage is lost
anyway, the first I would find extremely counter-productive.
what about multi-module programs?
Lastly, the speed at which my desktop machine (Sparc SLC - not exactly
state of the art) compiles far exceeds the rate at which I can input
code. Most compile time is taken by large programs that have just had
a small modification, and the compilation could probably not proceed very
far until I finish the mods anyway.
Clyde Smith-Stubbs | HI-TECH Software, | Voice: +61 7 300 5011
email@example.com | P.O. Box 103, Alderley, | Fax: +61 7 300 5246
...!nwnexus!hitech!clyde | QLD, 4051, AUSTRALIA. | BBS: +61 7 300 5235
[Scanning and parsing can be as much as half of the total time that a
compiler takes (so says Ken Thompson of his Plan 9 C compiler) and that is
quite amenable to incremental precalculation. -John]
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