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rant/flame on compiler Error Reporting (was Re: [DotGNU]Supporting MS Er

From: Stephen Compall
Subject: rant/flame on compiler Error Reporting (was Re: [DotGNU]Supporting MS Error code syntax)
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 16:10:44 -0600
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Rhys Weatherley wrote:
Gopal V wrote:
I had a mail from the Eclipse Csharp people saying "your error messages are
not in ECMA format" ... Currently I think a hundred line patch to their
compiler invoke code can fix them up for CSCC support ...

Where, pray tell, in the ECMA standard does it specify the error
message format?  Or even the list of error codes that should be
emitted for various conditions?

This reminds me of a reply from a Mono on changing their error reporting to match GNU standards instead of what csc does. They said "it would break compatibility with all the .NET tools out there." <ahem> *all* the .NET tools? (i.e. I guess the tools that use the GNU standard just can't compete)

+, if Eclipse wants to be any good, it had better be extensible in such areas. To match *proper* implementations.

Stephen Compall
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