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Question by richi
Submitted on 6/26/2004
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what is lint?
and what is compiler-compiler?

Answer by Ashwin Palaparthi
Submitted on 12/9/2004
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While the C compiler at the minimum validates the syntax, it need not necessarily validate the symantics aspect of your source code. Lint detects amateurish usage of C like any infinite loops and fall through cases.

A compiler-compiler, as the name suggests, is a program/utility that generates the source code for a parser/interpreter from the grammar that we give as the input. This grammar is usually in backus-naur form (BNF).


Answer by Zafrulla
Submitted on 4/11/2005
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Lint is a computer programming tool that performs the lexical and syntactic portions of the compilation with substantial additional checks, noting when variables had been used before being set, when they were used as a datatype other than that of their definition, and numerous other programming errors.

A program that decodes instructions written in a higher order language and produces an assembly language program.

A compiler is a computer program that translates a computer program written in one computer language (called the source language) into an equivalent program written in another computer language (called the output or the target language).


Answer by Andrew
Submitted on 8/31/2005
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Both "lint" and "compiler-compiler" have to do with translation, and strings.
the multi-dimensional fluff from your pocket is compiled of one-dimensional materials compiled of multi-dimensional components whose particle nature (executable) was compiled of the fabric of space-time.
(Contrast the interpreter-compiler combo between the ears of every human - lint optional!)


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