RFD: comp.compilers.pccts

steve@molly.dny.rockwell.com (Steve Robenalt)
Wed, 23 Mar 1994 01:19:40 GMT

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From: steve@molly.dny.rockwell.com (Steve Robenalt)
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Date: Wed, 23 Mar 1994 01:19:40 GMT

Request For Discussion (RFD): comp.compilers.pccts

This message seeks to initiate a discussion on the creation of a
new USENET newsgroup "comp.compilers.pccts" as described below.
Discussion should take place in news.groups. Anyone interested in the
topic is encouraged to participate.

This newsgroup would be for discussion of tools used in compiler
construction, specifically those which are bundled into the software
package known as PCCTS (Purdue Compiler Construction Tool Set). Currently
this set of tools includes DLG for lexical analysis, ANTLR for syntax
analysis and parsing, and SORCERER for tree parsing. Possible topics
include exchange of information on getting, building, installing, and
using the tools, broadcasting examples, bug reports and patches,
suggestions for enhancements, and new tools to be added to the set.

The Purdue Compiler Construction Tool Set currently has over 1000
known users in over 37 countries. The tools are freely available with
source code by anonymous ftp and are actively maintained. There is also a
very active mailing list which is used to provide support as outlined
above. With the recent release of the SORCERER tool, traffic on the
mailing list has increased substantially. The existing comp.compilers
newsgroup provides a forum for general compiler-related issues, but is not
intended to address tools issues or PCCTS specifically. The proposed
newsgroup comp.compilers.pccts would provide a focused forum for the users
of PCCTS to exchange information as outlined in the possible topics
mentioned above. Upon creation of the newsgroup, the existing mailing list
will be converted to a mail gateway to retain access for users unable to
receive Usenet news.

comp.compilers.pccts is an unmoderated newsgroup which will serve
as a forum for all topics related to the installation, operation, and
development of the Purdue Compiler Construction Tool Set (PCCTS),
including all of its current tools, as well as any which may be added in
the future. Some of the topics to be discussed are:

- How to obtain the PCCTS package.

- Questions and answers on building and using the tools.

- How to write an ANTLR/SORCERER grammar.

- How to use Semantic/Syntactic predicates.

- Announcement of conferences and workshops.

- Ideas for Enhancements/New tools for the set.

- Posting of sample grammars and lexclasses.

This RFD is being cross-posted to the following groups. Please
relay this proposal to anyone you feel may be interested.


In addition, this RFD is being posted to the existing pccts-users
mailing list.

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