Re: Parse, parsing , parser..

Subject: Re: Parse, parsing , parser..
From: Guy Haas <ghaas -at- NETSCAPE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 19:26:43 -0700

Michael John Little wrote:
> Can any one define what a parsing operation is, what a parser does? For
> example in the help menu of Symantec Cafe, it gives a really useful, but
> circlular definition of "Parse"...Choose Parse to parse the file.
> I have feeling that this is one word that has become so overused, that it
> has lost its meaning.
> MIchael John Little

In the case of computers, it's the mechanics of recognizing a command.

Think back to diagramming sentences -- figuring out what
"part of speech" each word and phrase is.

THAT's parsing.


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