Re: Is this a new idea? (Clyde Smith-Stubbs)
Wed, 18 Nov 1992 23:48:44 GMT

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Newsgroups: comp.compilers
From: (Clyde Smith-Stubbs)
Organization: HI-TECH Software, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1992 23:48:44 GMT
Keywords: C, design
References: 92-10-113 92-11-088

I seem to have missed the first response: (Clyde Smith-Stubbs) writes:
> can't parse code that contains references to such things as
> typedefs that occur earlier in the code, if the typedef is missing
> or in the middle of being edited.... (Stavros Macrakis) writes:
> This is a C-specific problem: a bug in the design of C's syntax. Most
> other languages don't commit such foolishness, except of course those
> with extensible syntax.

True. (Dale R. Worley) writes:
>Almost any language with an extensible set of operators is going to
>run into this problem.

I thought that's what he said? However, the solution is now clear. We
should all immediately abandon C and any languages with extensible syntax,
and perform an appropriate penance for having used such ideologically
unsound tools. A month of COBOL programming sounds appropriate.

And of course by switching to a non-extensible language we will
immediately get the benefit of instant compilation. I'm talking about
BASIC of course.

More seriously, the typedef problem in C does cause parsing difficulties,
but C is here to stay. Rather than pointing fingers at its design, it
would be better to look for ways of solving the problem at hand (which was
speeding up re-compilations).
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