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RE: [cdt-dev] Eclipsecon 2007 - SAFARI

Part of the question seems to ask if a non-Java based parser will work with
eclipse. Maybe someone else can answer that question definitively, but I
would guess that that's not really feasible.

One thing you should consider is whether the syntax of Oz lends itself well
to bottom up parsing. I've had a lot of success with LPG so far, but I am
having problems with ambiguities in the C99 grammar. This is why Doug is
leaning towards using ANTLR for his C# parser.

Also, I got the impression from the eclipsecon presentation file that when
SAFARI is released it will include a new version of LPG with better error

I plan on writing some documentation on CDT multi-language support after I
get a bit further with the C99 parser. Doug, is the CDT wiki considered the
best place for this kind of documentation?

Mike Kucera
IBM Toronto Lab

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Great question. Talking to Robert from SAFARI at EclipseCon, he mentioned
that they would like to support other parsers and have built their
framework to do that. There will probably be a fair amount of development
effort to make it happen, and they will need some help from the community,
but it should be possible. We?ll know more though when they get their open
source project set up so that we can start working with them.

>From the CDT perspective, I think we need to support multiple parsing
technologies as well. Chris and his team are working on an LPG based C
parser and my plan is to use ANTLR for C# if I can. Of course if you
already have access to a parser front end for your language and can
integrate it into Eclipse, you?re a mile ahead as well. But we really need
to write some documentation on how to extend the CDT for a new language.
And this should feed into the SAFARI project so that they can generate the
necessary classes so that you don?t need to hand code them all. But that
will probably have to wait until we get CDT 4.0 out the door.

Doug Schaefer, QNX Software Systems
Eclipse CDT Project Lead,

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Subject: [cdt-dev] Eclipsecon 2007 - SAFARI


     I see from blogs that some people saw the Eclipsecon 2007 presentation
on SAFARI.  I am trying to "get the jump" on the SAFARI by considering
writing a parser in LPG for an Eclipse editor for the Mozart-Oz programming
language.  Below is a concern that I wrote to a member of the Mozart-Oz
development team:

I have been thinking about the parsing element of the project.  The special
framework for creating Eclipse editors that the IBM people have come up
with, SAFARI, seems to require that a parser be specified by their parser
generator, LPG, in order to generate skeleton code for the editor.
Otherwise, as I understand it, it is a very difficult task to write an
entire editor for Eclipse given the number of classes and relationships
that need to be mastered.  Therefore, I take it to be a trade off between
using the Mozart compiler's parser, which is already implemented, and
developing the Eclipse editor from scratch OR writing a parser from scratch
and having the Eclipse editor be partially implemented.  I am uncertain
which way is going to be better, but I imagine I should "pick one" and just
go with it.  For some reason, my gut tells me to lean towards the LPG
parsing because Eclipse seems to depend upon a Java based parser to do its
syntax highlighting, code completion, etc.  I am going to write the CDT
mailing list to be absolutely sure.

Can I solicit your opinion if the statements that I made above are correct
and could provide elaboration if necessary?  By the way, a generalized CDT
will not suite the needs of the Mozart-Oz project.  I know several people
suggested that to me in this mailing list.


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