Re: choosing a teaching language, was Java compiler courses

Chris Smith <cdsmith@twu.net>
Sat, 12 May 2007 21:50:00 -0600

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From: Chris Smith <cdsmith@twu.net>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 21:50:00 -0600
Organization: Altopia Corp. - Usenet Access - www.altopia.com
References: 07-04-074 07-04-118 07-05-037 07-05-039
Keywords: courses, Java

Hans-Peter Diettrich <DrDiettrich1@aol.com> wrote:
> [...] whereas Pascal is well suited for such
> an task, without a need for using any additional library.


> The same for C++ or Java, these also are useless without additional
> libraries, [...]


Huh? I'm trying to figure out where you're coming from here. Really,
really trying... and it's not coming to me. Did you really just claim
that Java has too FEW standard library routines, but Pascal is fine?


Again, I don't see a strong reason for making any particular choice in
the first place, when teaching compilers. There are lex/yacc-ish
products available for most popular languages, or students can implement
their own in any decent language. If students can't be bothered to
locate their own tools or translate algorithms to their own choice of
language, then they can ask an instructor what to use, and get some
advice.


--
Chris Smith


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