|compilers, in a nutshell firstname.lastname@example.org (1994-05-09)|
|Compiler topics email@example.com (1994-05-11)|
|Compiler topics firstname.lastname@example.org (1994-05-12)|
|Re: Compiler topics email@example.com (1994-05-13)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Preston Briggs)|
|Organization:||Rice University, Houston|
|Date:||Fri, 13 May 1994 19:45:01 GMT|
email@example.com (Steve Simmons) writes:
>Didn't Knuth write a compiler to prepare for his books,
>"The Art of Computer Programming".
>[No, actually, he used a pseudo-assembler. Maybe in the later books. -John]
TACP came about as a result of someone asking Knuth to write a book on
compilation. Of course, he got a little carried away -- thank goodness.
1The pseudo-assembler John refers to is, I suppose, for MIX. However, he
had already written a compiler (for what language?) before he even
considered the book. Since it was very rare, at the time, for anyone to
have written a compiler, someone thought he might be the ideal person to
write the book.
For those who are still waiting, Volume 5 is to cover scanning and
parsing, volume 6 looks like semantics, and volume 7 will be programming
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