reoganization of free compilers posting (David Muir Sharnoff)
Wed, 3 Nov 1993 08:20:19 GMT

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Newsgroups: comp.compilers,comp.lang.misc
From: (David Muir Sharnoff)
Followup-To: comp.lang.misc
Keywords: question
Organization: Idiom Consulting / Berkeley, CA USA
References: <free1-Nov-93@comp.compilers> <free4-Nov-93@comp.compilers>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1993 08:20:19 GMT

As you probably know, my catalog of free language tools has come back to

When Mark took it over, I knew it was too big. Now that it's back, I'm
going to do something about it.

I'm going to split it up into a whole bunch of sections. Each section
will cover one type of language. Each section will have cross-references
for those languages that aren't nice enough to fit into just one section.
I will provide an index and a table of contents (what a pain!).

I'm trying to figure out what the sections should be.

The basic idea of a section is that if you are intersted in one language
in a section, you might be interested in others.

So far I've got:

compiler generators
general purpose - compiled
interprters, scripting languages, and embeddable languages
postfix (forth)
prefix (lisp, scheme)
special purpose
text generating (troff, tex)
toy languages

Most of the languages fit into one of the catagories fairly clearly.
Some of them I'm not sure about at all.

should FORTRAN go in "math" or "general pupose"?
should my "interprters, scripting languages, and embeddable languages"
catagory be broken up? If so, what happens to perl, elk, & tcl?
what catagory whould LIFE be in?
what should I call the catagory that includes scheme and lisp?
is it fair to call basic "educational"?
should the educational catagory even exist?
loopn is a simulation language, right?
what catagory is Q in?
what catagory is self in?
who do I ask about other languages?


P.S. Does anyone want to take over maintenance of the catalog, or pay for
the maintenance? Who do I call at the NSF to ask them to pay for it?

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