Re: Can't read CString after serialization

"Tom Serface" <>
Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:23:10 -0700
Can't argue with any of that... :o)


"Joseph M. Newcomer" <> wrote in message

Remember that the machines of that era were 1000x slower than a low-end
consumer machine,
had 18-bit or 24-bit addresses, "huge" machines (like the one I used) had
4MB of memory (I
tell people "The first 4MB module I purchased required a fork lift to
install", which is
true, but not quite accurate; it required an "extended fork" fork lift to
install it). We
actually had an XML-like notation we used (I think I may have invented XML
in 1974 while
working on my dissertation, simply because I needed a textual
representation of complex
graphs). When we started the PQCC (Production Quality Compiler-Compiler)
project at CMU
in 1977, I insisted we have a textual representation of the data
structures. Steve Hobbs
designed what would have been the DTD and wrote the first parser. Parsing
it was slow
enough that we had a tagged-binary representation we could also use.
David Dill (noted
for his work on Verified Voting) wrote the tagged-binary I/O module for
us, around 1978.

The tagged binary version was smaller than the textual version, and read
in much faster.
Eventually I got to the point where the binary reader was blindingly fast
compared to the
text reader, about three iterations from our first implementation.

We used it to represent compiler intermediate state. Our parse trees,
flow graphs,
generated-code lists, etc. were all represented in this format. I wrote
the second
generation tooling that did the equivalent of parsing a DTD and creating a
interpreter that would convert the external form to internal form, as well
as truly pretty
pictures of the data structures. I later wrote the same package for IDL
when we were at
Tartan Laboratories (a compiler company in Pittsburgh). John Nestor and I
wrote the
interface to the implementation language we were using. David Lamb and
John Nestor took
the work we had done on the "LG" (Linearized Graph) package and invented
the IDL language,
which gave us platform-independent representations of very rich data
structures (it was
David's PhD dissertation). We could write out the IDL text from a
compiler on one machine
and read it into a code generator hosted on another machine. John Nestor
and Paola
Gianinni wrote the formal (denotational semantic) description of IDL,
which supported
multiple inheritance and subclassing. Don Stone helped us implement the
portable version described in our book.

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