Re: Java compiler courses

Hans-Peter Diettrich <DrDiettrich1@aol.com>
23 Apr 2007 07:50:10 -0400

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From: Hans-Peter Diettrich <DrDiettrich1@aol.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 23 Apr 2007 07:50:10 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 07-04-074
Keywords: Java, courses

wooks wrote:


> Why would anybody want to write a compiler in Java (unless it's the
> only language they know).


What should the students learn: writing compilers in C, or writing
compilers in general? IMO it's easier to port a compiler model, designed
in Java, to any other programming language, than modifying or extending
a compiler model implemented in C. Java doesn't encourage hacks, which
often are found in C code. While speed may be an argument in an
commercial compiler, a compiler course should spot the principles of an
compiler, not the details. A modular OO approach, as required by Java,
IMO is a good starting point for every big project.


DoDi



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