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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
by Christopher Diggins
September 9, 2005
A new Heron release is now available.


The Heron pre-alpha release version is now available for download at

The Heron release, comes with two separate programs: HeronFront and HeronScript. These programs are being tested and developed on Visual C++ 7.1 and GCC 3.4.2 running on MinGW. HeronScript runs only under MS-Windows.

This is a pre-alpha release which means that there are several bugs and many features are incomplete.

The HeronScript program currently parses expression and variable declarations, but does little more than outputs messages indicating it has successfully parsed the text. HeronFront produces operational C++ code. Code produced by HeronFron is only tested under the Visual C++ 7.1 and GCC 3.4.2 platforms.

Documentation of the source code and usage of the tools is not yet available.

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Christopher Diggins is a software developer and freelance writer. Christopher loves programming, but is eternally frustrated by the shortcomings of modern programming languages. As would any reasonable person in his shoes, he decided to quit his day job to write his own ( ). Christopher is the co-author of the C++ Cookbook from O'Reilly. Christopher can be reached through his home page at

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