|How does a language compile itself? firstname.lastname@example.org (J KILLEA) (1997-05-17)|
|Re: How does a language compile itself? email@example.com (Dwight VandenBerghe) (1997-05-22)|
|Re: How does a language compile itself? firstname.lastname@example.org (1997-05-22)|
|Re: How does a language compile itself? email@example.com (Walter Banks) (1997-05-25)|
|Re: How does a language compile itself? dgay@barnowl.CS.Berkeley.EDU (1997-05-30)|
|Re: How does a language compile itself? firstname.lastname@example.org (Cliff Click) (1997-06-02)|
|Re: How does a language compile itself? email@example.com (1997-06-04)|
|From:||Walter Banks <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||25 May 1997 13:32:34 -0400|
|Organization:||Byte Craft Limited|
Dwight VandenBerghe wrote:
> It's like magic. I really mean it: you have to experience it to see
> what the thrill is all about. First there was nothing, and then you
> make up this new language that the world has never seen before, and
> then you go through this mickey-mouse rigamarole described above,
> and then suddenly, poof, you pull out the rug and the genie is just
> floating there in space, all by itself. Even though you were the
> one who did it, you still can't quite believe it. It still makes me
> smile, and I've been doing this kind of stuff for over three decades
I sure know the feeling it's great.
After a while I discovered that I was building features into a
language that was good for language implementation and not so
good for the problem at hand.
[Yeah. That's why IBM Fortran H had poorly documented C-like data structures.
They're not Fortran, but they're nice for building Fortran compilers. -John]
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