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Re: Interactive parsing with Bison

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Re: Interactive parsing with Bison
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 20:20:15 +0200

On 27 Jun 2006, at 12:35, Richard Stallman wrote:

    A problem with this type of GUI is that they usually are centered
    around a limited set of commercial applications: it works well as
long one stays within that limited scope, but one is left out in the
    cold if  one steps outside.

For example, the use of a "make" file gives full programming control,
    that the type of IDE you mention does not.

If the GUI outputs a Bison parser, you can then build it under the
control of make.  You could think of this kind of interface as an
alternate editor for .y files.

The kind of GUI that Satya (and I) are thinking of, is the one that one drops in some source files into the GUI, and it does the rest, computing the dependicies. It works well, and provides rapid development, for single platform applications, but is insufficient for more complicated projects. The approach may go out of the window for such simple reasons as one needs special compile options for specific files. So I think a project might be able to use an approach, such as the one you suggest, initially in its nursery, but then would have to move away from the GUI altogether. Then one should perhaps try to find a more advanced GUI approach from the beginning - I think it might be done, but it is not so straightforward. Probably an interesting problem to work with, though.

  Hans Aberg

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