Mango - A Parser Generator for Self


Ole Agesen
Abstract: Mango is a parser generator that is included in Release 4.0 of the Self system. Mango goes beyond LEX/YACC in several respects. First, Mango grammars are structured, thus easier to read and map onto parse trees. Second, Mango parsers automatically build parse trees rather than merely provide hooks for calling low-level reduce actions during parsing. Third, Mango automatically maintains invariance of the structure of parse trees, even while grammars are transformed to enable LR parsing. Fourth, Mango and the parsers it generates are completely integrated in the Self object world. In particular, a parser is an object. Unike YACC, several independent parsers can co-exist in a single program.

We show how to generate a Mango parser and how to use it by means of an example: a simple expression language. Furthermore, we show how to add semantic properties to the parse trees that the Mango parser produces.

Mango is a realistic tool. A parser for full ANSI C was built with Mango.


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