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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
Another HeronFront release
by Christopher Diggins
September 7, 2005
The latest version of HeronFront has just been made and now compiles on GCC 3.4.1


As usual I am completely fried having pushed myself really hard to make this release. The latest changes are increased testing of Heron primitives, some IO functionality and compatibility with GCC 3.4.2. This release, version can be downloaded here.

I have to brag though, the Heron parser engine (the YARD parser) is really fast! All modesty aside it is possibly the fastest recursive descent library available in C++. Anyway, it's all there and completely free if someone wants to use it. Even if Heron doesn't particularly float your boat, the code could come in handy for other things like designing a better language ;-)

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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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