Installment published 2nd April 1989.
This is going to be a different kind of session than the others in our series on parsing and compiler construction. For this session, there won't be any experiments to do or code to write. This once, I'd like to just talk with you for a while. Mercifully, it will be a short session, and then we can take up where we left off, hopefully with renewed vigor.
When I was in college, I found that I could always follow a prof's lecture a lot better if I knew where he was going with it. I'll bet you were the same.
So I thought maybe it's about time I told you where we're going with this series: what's coming up in next chapters, and in general what all this is about. I'll also share some general thoughts concerning the usefulness of what we've been doing.