|[13 earlier articles]|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-11)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-11-12)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-11)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-11-16)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-16)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-11-17)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? firstname.lastname@example.org (1992-11-18)|
|Re: Is this a new idea? email@example.com (1992-11-20)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Clyde Smith-Stubbs)|
|Organization:||HI-TECH Software, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.|
|Date:||Wed, 18 Nov 1992 23:48:44 GMT|
I seem to have missed the first response:
email@example.com (Clyde Smith-Stubbs) writes:
> ...you 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....
firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
email@example.com (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).
Clyde Smith-Stubbs | HI-TECH Software, | Voice: +61 7 300 5011
firstname.lastname@example.org | P.O. Box 103, Alderley, | Fax: +61 7 300 5246
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