Rewritable Reference Attributed Grammars
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: ECOOP 2004 – Object-Oriented Programming. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
This paper presents an object-oriented technique for rewriting abstract syntax trees in order to simplify compilation. The technique, Rewritable Reference Attributed Grammars (ReRAGs), is completely declarative and supports both rewrites and computations by means of attributes. We have implemented ReRAGs in our aspect-oriented compiler compiler tool JastAdd II. Our largest application is a complete static-semantic analyzer for Java 1.4. ReRAGs uses three synergistic mechanisms for supporting separation of concerns: inheritance for model modularization, aspects for cross-cutting concerns, and rewrites that allow computations to be expressed on the most suitable model. This allows compilers to be written in a high-level declarative and modular fashion, supporting language extensibility as well as reuse of modules for different compiler-related tools. We present the ReRAG formalism, its evaluation algorithm, and examples of its use. Initial measurements using a subset of the Java class library as our benchmarks indicate that our generated compiler is only a few times slower than the standard compiler, javac, in J2SE 1.4.2 SDK. This shows that ReRAGs are already useful for large-scale practical applications, despite that optimization has not been our primary concern so far.
- Computer Science
ECOOP 2004 – Object-Oriented Programming. 18th European Conference
- ISSN: 1611-3349
- ISSN: 0302-9743
- ISBN: 978-3-540-22159-3