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Why Xtext is better than ANTLR [message #1408578] Fri, 15 August 2014 13:01 Go to next message
mcse mcse is currently offline mcse mcseFriend
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Hi everyone,

I was trying to identify the reasons for which one could prefer Xtext framework over ANTLR framework. More precisely, what are the differences between Xtext and ANTLR that attracts people towards Xtext.
Can you please write your thoughts here ?

Thanks a lot.
Re: Why Xtext is better than ANTLR [message #1408580 is a reply to message #1408578] Fri, 15 August 2014 13:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Christian Dietrich is currently offline Christian DietrichFriend
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Hi,

Xtext give you an Editor with Syntax Highlighting, Content Assist, Tooltip, Outlines and much more + Semantic Validator.
Xtext uses Antlr under the hoods anyway.


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Re: Why Xtext is better than ANTLR [message #1408638 is a reply to message #1408580] Fri, 15 August 2014 17:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mcse mcse is currently offline mcse mcseFriend
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Hi Christian,

Thanks for your reply. Is what you meant by the semantics validator the verification of the code generator (i.e., whether the code generator produces the code correctly or not) ?
Re: Why Xtext is better than ANTLR [message #1408646 is a reply to message #1408638] Fri, 15 August 2014 17:32 Go to previous message
Christian Dietrich is currently offline Christian DietrichFriend
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no,

i mean the ability to write semantic validation rules that will be checked against (the valid syntactic ast)


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