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Chip Salzenberg
July 24, 2000 16:25
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According to horos:
> There has to be a tradeoff between the syntax and the embeddability
> and portability of perl. The best way to make something embedded is
> by making it regular, clean, and clear; I believe that LALR is the
> best way to achieve this..

Well, embeddability is only one of the various goals that Perl is
stretch{ed,ing} toward.  Larry can't simplify the language too much,
or it won't have Perl's strengths any more.

"Solving a complex problem with a simple tool does not result in a
simple solution."  --Larry

> And who knows? If perl is designed correctly/regularly, perhaps
> pluggable lexers/parsers may come as a side effect...

I don't see why not.  We already could have a pluggable lexer in Perl
5.  It's just that nobody's yet had motive+means+opportunity.
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