The comp.compilers newsgroup

Comp.compilers is a moderated usenet news group addressing the topics of compilers in particular and programming language design and implementation in general. It started in 1986 as a moderated mailing list, but interest quickly grew to the point where it was promoted to a news group. Recent topics have included optimization techniques, language design issues, announcements of new compiler tools, and book reviews.

Messages come from a wide variety of people ranging from undergraduate students to well-known experts in industry and academia. Authors live all over the world -- there are regular messages from the U.S, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan, with occasional ones from as far away as Malaysia. The estimated total readership is over 100,000, which makes it by far the most widely read medium on the topic in the world. Messages may be submitted via the post function in any usenet news program, or by e-mail to compilers@iecc·com.

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