[TUHS] etymology of yacc

Wesley Parish wobblygong at gmail.com
Wed Oct 4 15:22:38 AEST 2023

I thought that was probably the reason. Compiler-compilers weren't 
exactly news by that time ...

On 4/10/23 08:42, Bakul Shah wrote:
> From 
> https://www.computerworld.com/article/2534771/yacc--unix--and-advice-from--bell-labs-alumni-stephen-johnson.html 
>     *What made you name your parser generator in the form of an
>     acronym: Yet Another Compiler Compiler?* There were other
>     Compiler-compilers in use at Bell Labs, especially as part of the
>     Multics project. I was familiar with a version of McClure's TMG.
>     When Jeff Ullman heard about my program, he said in astonishment
>     "Another compiler-compiler?". Thus the name...
>> On Oct 2, 2023, at 6:25 PM, Douglas McIlroy 
>> <douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu> wrote:
>> Steve,
>> Was Yacc an original coinage, or was it inspired by a similar acronym
>> for yet another whatever? The question is inspired by Yamoo, yet
>> another map of Orion, which is mentioned in today's NYT:
>> https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/02/science/orion-nebula-webb-planets.html.
>> Do the two acronyms share a common ancestor?
>> Doug
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