Re: LL(1) vs LALR(1) parsers

"Gert A. Tijssen" <G.A.Tijssen@eco.RUG.NL>
19 Dec 1995 14:24:42 -0500

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From: "Gert A. Tijssen" <G.A.Tijssen@eco.RUG.NL>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 19 Dec 1995 14:24:42 -0500
Organization: Economische Faculteit - RuG
References: 95-12-062
Keywords: errors, parse (M.M._van_der_Laan) writes:
>I want to add two ideas to this discussion:

>About quality of error recovery:
>Most errors are NOT detected in the parser, but afterwards. Errors
>detected by the parser are of the kind 'missing something" and in
>those cases there is no need for clever recovery - the program is
>simply wrong, so just skip the statement. Therefore, in my
>opinion error recovery is no argument for selection of the
>right type of grammar.

>For those in favor of handwritten parsers: I also like them
>because they are so easy to understand and fast........

About syntactical error-recovery in the various parsers (hand-written
or automatically generated). I remember that, some 10 years ago, I
saw an automatically generated LL(1) parser for Pascal(generated into
Pascal, easy to read, fast etc.), that has some capabilities that many
(very clever) hand-written parsers don't have.

Consider the following experiment:
Take any correct Pascal program and replace every semicolon (';') by a
space. Then, see what your favourite compiler does with this program.
A good parser will generate the same amount of `` ';' inserted'' error
messages, as the program contained non-redundant semicolons.

Watch and shiver!

I have seen seen compilers, that skip all declarations because the
semicolons are missing, and produce a lot of exotic semantic error

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