parsing a finite element language (David Doolin)
1 May 1996 23:17:42 -0400

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From: (David Doolin)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 1 May 1996 23:17:42 -0400
Organization: Computer Science Dept, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Keywords: parse, question

I need to rewrite my entire input routine for a simple finite element
code. I would like to do it correctly this time. Since there are
certain elements common to all FE input, I am thinking maybe that I
should put some thought into formalizing a little `language' before
writing a parser. Such concepts are not covered in geology (BS) or
civil eng. (MS) curriculums.

Is this a good idea? Or would it be better to insist on rigidly
formatted input?


Dave Doolin
[Yes, it's almost certainly a good idea. Rigidly formatted input made sense
in keypunch days, but now it's mostly an invitation to screw up. -John]


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