What's available in Compiler Jobs ?

"Ajig Alcalde" <ajig@interpac.com.hk>
15 Apr 1998 23:28:35 -0400

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From: "Ajig Alcalde" <ajig@interpac.com.hk>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 15 Apr 1998 23:28:35 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: jobs, question, practice


I've been lurking for many months, and I'd like to
ask a few questions from you guys, if that's ok.

I've been interested in compiler writing ever since I started
programming 12 years ago. I've read the Dragon book,
its predecessor, and Sorenson and Tremblay, and I've hand-crafted
a C lexical analyser/parser and a Lisp interpreter in my student days.

Neither worked completely, but still it's quite an achievement
I think, for someone who was studying Mechanical Engineering.

However, the marketplace pushed me to become a Win32 applications
programmer, not quite as glamorous (to me) as compiler writing.

I've been curious:

1. Are you guys working as compiler writers, or are many of
you hobbyists? (I know there quite a few students here).

2. What do you think is the future for this market?

3. Is the demand growing? (With Microsoft dominating the compiler
market for PCs, my outsider opinion is that it is decreasing).

Your replies will help me decide which discipline to study in the next few
years. Private replies welcome.

Best regards,


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