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Re: What is a lightweight language

> Don Blaheta wrote:
> >
> > And I haven't even gotten started on how much easier sexps are to parse
> > than XML.  They're a simple READ statement in Scheme, of course, but
> > even in C, a page of lex and yacc will do the trick.

Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net> writes:

> In my experience it takes roughly one line in C, Perl, Python or almost
> any language.  Typically the line instantiates a parser object and hands
> it a filename.  Not unlike READ.

It may take one line to *invoke* the reader, but to implement it?  On
my windows2000 machine msxml3.dll is a megabyte of code.  On the
other hand, CormanLispServer.dll is 300 K.