[bitc-dev] Lexing in BitC

Jonathan S. Shapiro shap at eros-os.org
Tue Mar 22 00:01:06 PDT 2011

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM, Ben Kloosterman <bklooste at gmail.com>wrote:

> I certainly think such a lib can be safe  but  most importantly  most
> programmers never touch this and worst case if its  horrid or  unsafe this
> is no big deal...

>From a pragmatic perspective I agree, but I still think that it is worth
pushing to determine where the boundaries of safety should lie.

> And as you stated with cstring will also need a mutable string builder to
> build strings in .NET  this  is critical for quite a few cases.

Yes. With the caveat that the current StringBuilder notion is horribly
inefficient and needs to be re-thought.

> After using .NET for 10 years the libs have a few holes (mainly round
> win32)  but the lib subtlety does a great job at making bad  programmers
> adequate or even good ( I see less bugs and issues than say C++ with
> experienced guys) .  Considering most guys are 9-5 and have little interest
> outside their job this is a good thing.

Yes. The art of designing for real programmers is under-appreciated.

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