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Re: book

On Mon, Nov 26, 2001 at 12:39:07PM -0500, Shriram Krishnamurthi wrote:
> Thanks for your sarcasm. About half of these we cover in our
> programming language course, and about 90% of the rest we cover in our
> compilers courses.

Sure. I know. But people were asking for a book which covered these
issues; the book you suggested does not. Your compiler and programming
languages courses, useful though they may be, are not quite as
accessible as dead trees, and it is possible that they may be some
people who wish to implement lightweight languages but who did not
happen study at Brown.

For people who are actually interested in a book which does cover these
things, I started writing one about how Perl 5 is implemented. It's
complete, but there a lot more things I want to add for it; time,
however, is not on my side. I hope it's useful for some people.


> So, if you want to implement a lightweight language, consider taking a
> few college courses.  If you did, and they didn't teach you squat,
> consider returning your diploma.  Don't harangue those who do teach it.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why academia and industry don't
get together all that often.

If computer science was a science, computer "scientists" would study what
computer systems do and draw well-reasoned conclusions from it, instead of
being rabid clueless wankers who've never even seen a real world system before,
let alone used one. These are the kind of people that brought us pascal, folks.
 - Charles J Radder.