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Xtext with other AST generators [message #1786831] Sun, 13 May 2018 16:32 Go to next message
Chester John is currently offline Chester JohnFriend
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Is it possible to use other generators of AST's than Antlr?
If so what is the Java interface for those AST's?
I have a requirement to machine generate them and use the results in XText.
Is this even reasonable?
Re: Xtext with other AST generators [message #1786876 is a reply to message #1786831] Mon, 14 May 2018 16:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Christian Dietrich is currently offline Christian DietrichFriend
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What do you mean by „use"

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Re: Xtext with other AST generators [message #1786877 is a reply to message #1786876] Mon, 14 May 2018 17:10 Go to previous message
Ed Willink is currently offline Ed WillinkFriend
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Your terminology is confusing. ANTLR uses a grammar not an AST. The unique contribution of Xtext is to link the maintenance of the AST to the grammar production rules and also do serialization and editing. The AST is a fairly standard Ecore model; I'm not clear why you would want something else.

There are grammar alternatives, but if you want an editor, Xtext has comprehensive facilities.

If you only want a parser, or want a smaller/faster parser then other options may be better. I have done some preliminary work on Xtext2LPG which you may find at with the original intention of getting proper shift/reduce diagnostics of backtracking hazards; and one day getting better performance. See


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