Re: Best language for implementing compilers?

drb@ihatespam.msu.edu (Dennis Boone)
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:38:06 -0600

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From: drb@ihatespam.msu.edu (Dennis Boone)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:38:06 -0600
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  > I would say that no special language features at all are required for
  > writing a compiler, even if parsing is directly coded in the language.


People wrote compilers in Fortran '66, so that's clearly true.
On the other hand, how easy were they to understand, maintain, extend?


De
[If you're thinking of Fortran H, it used some private extensions
that provided pointers and structures. I thought I saw the source
code online somewhere but can't find it now. -John]



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