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Book Review: Building Parsers with Java, by Steven John Metsker
This is one of few books I have previously started reading but not completed. Approaching it again with a fresh mind helped considerably (previously I'd just finished another book on a closely related subject). Metsker takes a straightforward approach that doesn't feature traditional concepts such as Abstract Syntax Trees; this seems a bit disorienting, along with a coding style that is idiosyncratic. However, on a full reading, I think the approach is valid and useful at a high level, although he does himself down by noting that performance isn't likely to be as good as more conventional approaches.
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