|Looking for awk compiler firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Shao-Chun Huang) (1993-03-16)|
|Re: Looking for awk compiler - Awk2C ? Whitten@Fwva.Saic.Com (1993-03-18)|
|From:||Whitten@Fwva.Saic.Com (David Whitten)|
|Organization:||Science Applications Int'l, Corp. - Computer systems operation|
|Date:||Thu, 18 Mar 1993 23:06:14 GMT|
Andrew Shao-Chun Huang <email@example.com> writes:
>Does anyone know of a compiler for the awk language?
Perhaps someone else knows, but I believe there is a program called awk2c
which 'compiles' awk code into C code.
On a general compilers question, is this kind of program a good idea? If
you have a program written in one language, is it reasonable to implement
the language by writing a 'compiler' that converts it into C ?
It seems to me that if the original language made a lot of assumptions the
same way that C does, (null terminated strings, i/o as a function call,
large flat address space, no function definitions within other functions,
etc. ) that this would be a Good Thing.
But a language that doesn't make some of these same decisions the same way
would have a lot of overhead.
I know there has to be some experience out on the 'net, since there are to
my knowledge (only by reading the net, I don't know the ftp sites):
Awk to C
Basic to C
C++ to C
C To C (K&R -> ANSI , ANSI -> K&R)
Eiffel to C
Fortran to C
Lisp to C
Modula to C
Pascal to C
Scheme to C
Some of these originating languages make a LOT of decisions differently
than C does. It seems that the generated C code can't be very good unless
there is some kind of Code analysis in the individual language to make the
best match to C data structures.
Anyone know more than I do?
David (firstname.lastname@example.org) US:(619)535-7764
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