There is a method to the madness of the questions I was asking, because I had lots of interesting "ideas" for an IDE and a language. I haven't worked on it in a few months (going through a divorce kind of throws off your concentration a bit), but one thing
I was (and still am) trying to figure out is "which platform". As in, Linux or Windows. After reading about what might happen to OpenGL performance under Vista and re-familiarizing myself with Knoppix last weekend, I'm leaning towards Linux now. Plus, I
had a couple of office application ideas, and well, I don't think Microsoft/Windows needs any help at this point.
I didn't get very far through some of the compiler books, but that is more of a personal-learning-style issue because one of the books worked really well for me (Louden's I think). I understand the concepts for the most part. Problem was, I had to return
it to the library (who in turn returned it to the university) and only got through the chapter on "Non-Deterministic Finite State Automata".
Besides, for something as big as I am envisioning, I'm still trying to decide whether I want to commit the time to it.