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Re: Now, to try again...

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Dan Sugalski
December 17, 2000 12:59
Re: Now, to try again...
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At 01:22 PM 12/17/00 +0000, David Grove wrote:
>Sam Tregar <> wrote:
>  > I imagine that each supported language will likely have its own
>  > parsing strategy.  Some will be perfectly lex-yacc-able.  Some will be
>  > more like Perl than that and would benefit from some hooks into Perl's
>  > existing parser.  I think we just need to provide the harness - each
>  > language parser should be written in the way that makes sense for that
>  > lanaguage.  If the C frontend wants to call out to GCC to do its
>  > then it should be able to.
>Whoah. That's well beyond my understanding of the role of the creoles or
>"little languages". From my understaning, we're not wanting to parse C or
>Java or Python themselves, but Perl written C-ishly or Java-like or
>Pythonicly. My understanding of both the conversations in this area during
>the RFC discussions and Larry's speech is that we're wanting to make Perl
>look better for spoiled programmers of other languages who want or need
>additional, clearer, or specific syntax or syntactic sugar, not become a
>full-featured compiler/interpreter for those other languages.

That's not the impression I got. If we can read in real Python source, 
that's keen by me.


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