Re: Writing Compilers in Functional Languages

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5 May 2005 10:10:01 -0400

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From: <YRassokhin@luxoft.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 5 May 2005 10:10:01 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 05-04-068 05-04-084 05-04-098 05-05-015
Keywords: functional

Hello,


IMHO, functional language is a better tool for compiler implementation
then procedural/OO one. So, I am agree with the author of the thread.
I've tried to make compilers using both general-purposed functional
languages and specialised compile compilers, based on functional
languages, and finally I have chosen GENTLE compiler compiler
(http://gentle.compilertools.net).


It provides compiler developer with metalanguage that allows easily
express concrete/abstract syntax, tokenization, token coordinates in
source code, parsing, global lists and tables, internal
representation(s), type checking, callgraph operations, any
optimizations, etc cetera - for up to code generation. Besides, C
subroutines (error messages, command line key processing ...) can be
easily used together with source code written in GENTLE, though this
metalanguage is of a very high level of abstraction. The thing is, it
allows to express these aspects in a more human-readable way, then
other tools of the kind.



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