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In lots of textbooks and papers, authors often state: compiler emits ...

I want to know why they prefer to use emit? (not return, not produce)

Does this have anything to do with the emitter of a compiler?

thanks

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    $\begingroup$ Could you provide a few examples with the corresponding context? $\endgroup$ – Ran G. Sep 1 '15 at 5:39
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds purely related to historical usage of the term emit in papers about compilers. $\endgroup$ – Ankur Sep 1 '15 at 6:24
  • $\begingroup$ Emit is often used with machine or assembly code. $\endgroup$ – Yuval Filmus Sep 1 '15 at 10:32
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It is mostly used in the sense of "writing instructions to the program being built". Note that what is being "emitted" might still be massaged before ending up in the compiler output.

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