[Python-Dev] Parsing vs. lexing.

Fredrik Lundh fredrik@pythonware.com
Thu, 22 Aug 2002 13:03:44 +0200

tim wrote:

> Parser generators are great for little languages!  They're painful for =
> languages, though, because syntax warts accumulate and then tool =
> gets harder to live with.  Hand-crafted R-D parsers are wonderfully
> tweakable in intuitive ways (staring at a mountain of parse-table =
> and divining how to warp the grammar to shut the tool up is a black =
> nobody should regret not learning ...).

cf. http://compilers.iecc.com/comparch/article/00-12-106

"For me and C++, [using a parser generator] was a bad mistake."