Re: xml as intermediate representation

Chris Dollin <kers@hpl.hp.com>
23 Sep 2005 15:51:36 -0400

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From: Chris Dollin <kers@hpl.hp.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 23 Sep 2005 15:51:36 -0400
Organization: HPLB
References: 05-09-078 05-09-110
Keywords: analysis, optimize

TOUATI Sid wrote:


> I was an internal witness of a research project that used XML as an
> intermediate form for a compiler. XML is appropriate for such feature
> (it can be used to pass complex information between complex
> compilation steps).


Certainly it can. But what /advantage/ does it offer over something
significantly simpler (and more compact) to read and write?


[Not to mention that having the steps share memory - eg by being in
  the same application - makes it even easier to pass information
  around, without (de)serialisation overheads.]


--
Chris "electric hedgehog" Dollin
The software engineer's song: "who knows where the time goes".


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