Quo vadis, GPC?
steve at pearwood.info
Sat Jul 31 19:37:23 CEST 2010
On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:48:29 pm Frank Heckenbach wrote:
> A typical example for me is BP (or then, TP) that was written, for
> all we know, with a parser hand-written in assembler. They designed
> some problematic syntax, worst of all "^C" style character
> constants. A parser generator would have told them right away that
> they cause serious problems (and thus were a bad idea). Writing a
> parser by hand doesn't tell you so, so they happily added them,
> probably not even noting that their own new feature didn't work in
> many cases because they had not thought of them.
I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean by "^C" style constants, or
why they are a bad idea. Can you explain please?
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