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Re: Baby's First AldyVec/AltiVec patch

On 23 Dec, 2003, at 15.06, Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
The *syntax* is valid, but the semantic is fundamentally different.

That is a red flag.

  (1) it uses the same syntax to mean something completely different,
      and given that C and C++ grammars are not really context-free,
      I think there is more to say that a bare "the syntax is already

  (2) for the semantics, you already have an existing standard syntax
      for saying exactly the same thing.

Unfortunately, the "existing" syntax (by which I'm assuming you mean AldyVec) is not standard, whereas the syntax I'm proposing (as imperfect as it may be) _is_. :-(

| (and again, only when '-maltivec' or '-faltivec' is specified and you
| are casting to
| a vector type).  The context-sensitive keywords are, I admit, a bit
| trickier, which
| is why I asked for people to critique the implementation.  However,
| all of that is also
| hidden behind a target hook.

The idea of context-sensitve keywords (which Microsoft has been
experimenting with its CLI/C++) is not really a good idea.  It might
be fun for lexing and parsing exercises, but in the long run it is a
nightmarre for both implementors and users.

I would strongly recommand against extension experiments along that
line in GCC.

If this truly were an "experiment", I might be inclined to agree with you.
Alas, the syntactic extensions we're discussing have existed in production
compilers (including Apple's version of gcc) for at least 5 years.

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