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Re: the mutant beast (was Re: Backtracking through the source)

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Simon Cozens
December 2, 2000 00:20
Re: the mutant beast (was Re: Backtracking through the source)
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On Fri, Dec 01, 2000 at 08:42:57PM -0500, Bradley M. Kuhn wrote:
> I believe that to do a true port to the JVM (e.g., supporting
> eval($STRING)), we'll need to implement a bootstrapping parser for the
> parser code in Java.

Uhm, and then in every other language we port it to. Are you *sure* that's the
right approach?

> My concern is that the more integrated the lexer, parser and tokenizer are
> integrated, the harder it will be to reimplement in other languages.
Why? It's just code. I can't understand why porting one big bit of code is
insurmountably more difficult than porting three slightly smaller bits.

It's a short step from using alt.binaries.warez.protocol-droids.c3p0 to
Palpatine seeing a post along the lines of: "CA|\| NE1 0N Th]5 BB0ARD T3Ll M3
H0w 2 GeT KeWL S]Th P0WeRZ!?!?!?!??!?"  The rest is, well, a couple
more overly-hyped ILM graphics demos.  -- in ASR

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