Best language for implementing compilers?

"Costello, Roger L." <costello@mitre.org>
Fri, 8 Feb 2019 12:20:18 +0000

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From: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@mitre.org>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 12:20:18 +0000
Organization: Compilers Central
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Posted-Date: 08 Feb 2019 10:55:45 EST

Hello Compiler Experts!


The book [1] that I started reading says this:


ML is well suited to many applications,
but compiler implementation in particular
seems to hit all of its strong points and
few of its weaknesses. Implementing a
compiler in ML is quite a pleasant task.


What is it about ML that makes it such a good language for implementing
compilers?


The book was written in the 90's. Are there new languages that are even better
than ML as a compiler implementation language?


/Roger


[1] "Modern Compiler Implementation in ML" by Andrew W. Appel
(https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/modern/basic/ml/extract.pdf)


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