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Re: [ontolog-forum] Fw: Next steps in using ontologies as standards

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From: Francis McCabe <frankmccabe@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 15:20:14 -0800
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Could not help jumping in on this one ed...    (01)

Having written more than 12 compilers in my time; I would have to  
state that lex and yacc 'solve' an extremely small part of the  
problem. So small that I actually rarely use them...    (02)

Frank    (03)

On Jan 6, 2009, at 2:47 PM, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:    (04)

> One other note:  What really made compilers a "commodity" was:
> - Dave Gries's book in 1972 that taught children all the basics of
> compiler writing that we professionals had struggled to learn in the
> 1960s; and
> - yacc and lex, Unix-based freeware tools of 1976 that allowed the
> programmer to write a grammar and generated a C implementation of the
> parser for it, leaving the user to complete the semantic stubs.  Yes,
> you had to learn something about symbol tables and code generation --
> read Gries.
> My NIST predecessor in the Pascal standards effort, Justin Walker,  
> used
> yacc and lex to write a Pascal compiler/interpreter, with almost no
> previous background in compiler writing.    (05)

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