The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Tool selection

So if I needed to parse data in C, why did I not use lex? It's pretty much standard on all Unix systems, right? Yes, but all it does is lexical analysis. The job of parsing requires the use of yacc. So why didn't I use yacc? Beacuse it doesn't do lexical analysis. If I use lex, I also need to use yacc. Why use two tools when one will suffice? They are also both a pain to use, so it's not like I immediately think to use them (that, and the last time I used lex in anger was over twenty years ago …)

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