A request for help with a research question

"GKL" <krista98@open.org>
16 May 1999 15:37:59 -0400

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From: "GKL" <krista98@open.org>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 16 May 1999 15:37:59 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: question, practice

I work as an information specialist/librarian in a high tech company,
and have been asked a question that has me stumped and staring at a
May 20th deadline with not many answers. I've found you folks on the
web, and wonder if you might help me out?

The individual who asked the question is preparing a May 20th
presentation on compilers, and has asked me to put together a list of
people (1) who are considered 'experts' in the compiler field (2)
those who have written theory in the area of compilers, (3) people who
are very knowledgeable practitioners in the present compiler

"Compilers" is a BIG topic, and he's not inclined to scale it back. I
did get him to say [ and I quote] that he was looking for the
"fathers, deep thinkers, theory people" or 'the academics,
professional association leaders, lecture/keynote speaker type
experts" or " the people who own and run the big successful compiler

If you could even give me your opinions on the authors of the better
compiler books in the past 20 years, the cites for some seminal
papers, your ideas on who is doing what in the current industry, I
would be very grateful.

Thanks for your time, I really appreciate any help you can give me. I
trust you understand that even the most innocent research request
still needs to be treated as proprietary information at my company ,
and I will use my personal email identity.


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