Quo vadis, GPC?
hashemi at brandeis.edu
Fri Jul 30 23:25:09 CEST 2010
> So that seals it for me.
I agree that a Pascal to C++ translater would be just fine. But on the
other hand, that means that we need people who enjoy programming in both
Pascal and C++ to support the project. Anyone who fits that description
is not going to have much use for the product, because they might as
well program in C++ in the first place.
The people who are dedicated to GPC are people who greatly prefer to
program in Pascal. Most such people dislike programming in C++. So who
is going to write this translator? Not me. Is Frank going to write it on
It may be ten times as much work to re-write the compiler in Pascal, but
we may find that we have a hundred times as much developer time available.
One way to proceed is for Frank to estimate how many developer hours are
required for a Pascal compiler in Pascal, and for a Pascal to C++
translator, then we poll the list to see how many hours people are
prepared to dedicate to each project. If only one of them gets enough
hours, then we have only one practical solution.
Kevan Hashemi, Electrical Engineer
Physics Department, Brandeis University
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