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Re: Guile Summer of Code project

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Guile Summer of Code project
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 23:40:42 +0000
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Luis Araujo <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello everyone , how are you?

Hi Luis!

Thanks for posting this proposal.  I haven't read every detail yet,
but have one initial query, and would be interested in your thoughts.

It seems like it would be a big job to write a C parser in Guile, and
it also seems that the really interesting results would flow from what
one could do with the parser output - but that the existence of the
parser on its own would not be that exciting.

Therefore I'm wondering if there isn't already a C parser -
implemented in some other language - that you could use to work first
on the interesting possible applications of having a C parser.

This is all assuming, of course, that there is a C parser available
somewhere that would generate the right kind of output, and I haven't
actually researched that.  But it seems to me that the advantages of
doing things this way round would be that

- it would bring concrete advantages to Guile more quickly

- the process of working on applications would probably make clear
  whether a Guile-implemented C parser would provide extra benefits,
  and would probably indicate what kind of parser interface and/or
  output would be most useful and convenient.

What do you think?


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