Language Design

Billy Mays <>
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:16:10 -0400

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From: Billy Mays <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:16:10 -0400
Organization: NNTP Server
Keywords: design, question, comment
Posted-Date: 18 Jul 2011 17:11:51 EDT

I am trying to design a programming language for a simple processor
(16 bit, ~10 instructions, 16 registers). I am not sure what a
language actually needs in order to be more useful than pure assembly,
but is also reasonable to implement.

I had originally tried to make a RPN style language where the language
is purely stack based, but I realized it wouldn't be Turing complete.
I'd rather not just re implement C or other commonly used languages,
but I'm having a hard time coming up with something I'd actually want
to use.

Any advice for a newbie?

[Rather than trying to invent yet another language, I'd retarget some existing 16 bit
C compiler. -John]

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