Re: What is the future of Compiler technology?

Oliver Zeigermann <oliver@zeigermann.de>
16 Jul 2006 01:05:27 -0400

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From: Oliver Zeigermann <oliver@zeigermann.de>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 Jul 2006 01:05:27 -0400
Organization: T-Online
References: 06-06-044 06-06-055
Keywords: parse, comment

Tommy Thorn wrote:
> existance (roughly 1950-60), but today parsing is a very well
> understood problem (and IMO not the interesting problem anymore).


I agree that the problem of parsing for formal languages is generally
solved. However, there are quite a number of mini-languages and/or
mini-parsers needed. You would not want to hire a compiler/parser
designer for such a task, but you still want some maintainable code from
your "ordinary" programmer. This requires compiler generators to be
easier to use and understand. Who *really* understands yacc?


This might be a future branch for parsing: to make parsing techniques
accessible to the "ordinary" programmer.


Ahem. Just my 2 cents ;)


Oliver
[Anyone who's taken a decent undergraduate compiler course should understand
yacc. LALR parsers aren't that complicated. -John]


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