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By David Gries

Describes the ideas all in favour of writing compilers for high-level languages resembling FORTRAN or PL/1. Treats either thought and functional facets of compiler writing. Discusses semantic exercises, their reasons and their connection to syntax reputation.

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It became an interpretive language that we could use as an experimental workbench to try out all kinds of new ideas. After a couple of years, when the Imaging Sciences Laboratory broke away from the Computer Sciences Laboratory, JaM was used as a primary development tool. We started hooking in all the graphics procedures to drive the displays and printers. Then that basic language structure evolved into Interpress, which is Xerox’s printing protocol. This same language structure has again been implemented a third time as PostScript.

More and more of the processes in the automobile, like in the 1984 Corvette, are being turned over to the semiconductor or its equivalent. When semiconductors take the place of speedometer cables and tachometers, they turn the car into a less expensive and more reliable product that is easier to produce. Computer systems are going through identical changes right now; the hard disk drive is a mechanical device. Because it is mechanical, we know it will eventually go away. We don't know how it will go away, but we know it's a prime target.

In other words, to bind it up too tightly. com create a text file and then write a compiler to compile the text file into the form that the simulator would need (whenever we decided what that would be). We still didn’t know what the simulator was going to look like. So we started building this huge database in text form. In digitizing the database and in building this big three-dimensional model, it became very obvious that rather than having a static data structure in the text file, it was much more reasonable to have a language.

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