parse-time optimizations

jcm grumble at
Wed May 30 15:54:11 CEST 2001

Delaney, Timothy <tdelaney at> wrote:
> Very true. Constant folding could only be used in unambiguous situations ...
> and most such things aren't unambiguous :(

> Indeed

>     x + 1 + 2 + 3

> couldn't even be folded down to

>     x + 1 + 5

This is an unambiguous situation.  Don't just think of the program
text--these transformations would be done on the parse-tree.  In
Python '+' is left-associative.  We're talking about simple,
well-understood optimizations.  The reason I am advocating these in
particular is because they can be done without heavyweight semantic

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