Re: Looking for a fast C++ parser

Martin Ward <Martin.Ward@durham.ac.uk>
16 Aug 2005 11:13:40 -0400

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From: Martin Ward <Martin.Ward@durham.ac.uk>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 Aug 2005 11:13:40 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 05-06-133 05-08-035 05-08-051
Keywords: C++, parse, tools

On Saturday 13 Aug 2005 05:25, you wrote:
> The current fashion in syntax coloring seems to be to use a generic editor
> that attaches font and colour attributes to the text, combined with a
> general regexp engine + a file of regexps per language that is used to
> generate the colour attributes after loading the file into the editor
> widget. This is both slower and more memory-hungry than it really needs to
> be.


A file of regexps is probably a lot easier to maintain than a handcoded state
machine that generates the colouring on the fly. Maintainability is more
important than efficiency for an editor (as long as it is still fast enough
to be usable).


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Martin


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