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DLTK vs IMP vs XText [message #35774] Fri, 20 February 2009 15:06 Go to next message
Madhu Samuel is currently offline Madhu SamuelFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Hi Folks,

DLTK = IDE for dynamic languages
IMP = IDE for DSLs
Xtext = IDE for DSLs

What exactly is the difference between the three projects?

Regards,
Madhu


Re: DLTK vs IMP vs XText [message #35808 is a reply to message #35774] Thu, 26 February 2009 10:20 Go to previous message
Andrey Platov is currently offline Andrey PlatovFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Hi Madhu,

There was a discussion related to DLTK vs IMP on the newsgroup. Please
read following conversation thread for more information:
http://dev.eclipse.org/newslists/news.eclipse.technology.dlt k/msg00170.html

Also I'm happy to see reference Xtext here, which I love personally very
much.

In few words, significant difference between DLTK and Xtext (DLTK and
IMP) is following (also I'm lost track of IMP, so following may be wrong
because based on outdated knowledge):

Both Xtext and IMP would help you to generate editors for DSLs or
virtually any language from the language definition (grammar). So very
roughly: you maintain grammar -- IMP/Xtext do the rest.

Opposite to Xtext and IMP, DLTK is focused on common
language-independent project infrastructure: source files,
folders/packages, indexes, searching for project elements/source code,
etc; and do not locked by specific parsing/language definition models.

So you'd have to contribute some language-specific stuff to DLTK
(starting from source code parsers), and DLTK will do the rest for your IDE.

So in theory DLTK is pretty complementary to Xtext/IMP, in practice
AFAIK no one tried to use DLTK with these projects.

Kind Regards,
Andrey

Madhu Samuel пишет:
> Hi Folks,
>
> DLTK = IDE for dynamic languages
> IMP = IDE for DSLs
> Xtext = IDE for DSLs
>
> What exactly is the difference between the three projects?
> Regards,
> Madhu
>
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