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Mihai Christodorescu <>
16 Jan 1997 11:13:35 -0500

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From: Mihai Christodorescu <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 Jan 1997 11:13:35 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: question, performance, comment

Hi everybody!

I am just adventuring in the area of making compilers, and I
must say it is a very big jump from using a compiler to making it :-)
I have been lurking and reading in these area for some time now, and I
have noticed the discussion comes back almost always to how
(time-)efficient is the parser (and maybe the rest of the compiling
steps except for the code generator).

My question is:

Is this problem a real problem in compiler theory and compiler making?
Why? It seems to me that it is more important for a compiler to
generate good and/or fast code, rather than compiling fast. Or maybe
there is a link between the two... If it is a too dumb question,
please reply personally!


Mihai Christodorescu
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[Depends on what you're doing. If you're busy debugging and recompiling a
program, with the output of any particular compiler run only used once or
twice, you're generally much more interested in fast compilation than fast
code. -John]

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