[antlr-interest] [v3] Lack of documentation
antlr at mirality.co.nz
Mon Jul 2 01:27:05 PDT 2007
At 14:56 2/07/2007, scott at javadude.com wrote:
>How is forcing someone to pay for the documentation any
>than requiring a paid license for the tool? This is most
>not in the spirit of open source.
Because it's not forced. I'm not afraid of admitting that I
haven't bought the book, and probably won't do so (parsing isn't
something I need to do frequently, and I procrastinate a
lot). Yet I've built a few different parsers now and I think I've
got the hang of most of it -- partly from documentation found
online, partly with the help of the friendly people on this list,
and partly through my own experimentation.
I may hassle Ter from time to time (eg. weirdness with lexer
prediction, hint hint nudge nudge), but overall ANTLR is a
wonderful tool and I am very thankful for the amount of time and
energy he's put into it. I don't begrudge him the "few measly
dollars" he gets from book sales.
So don't listen to the moaners, Ter -- you're doing a great
job. Keep it up!
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