XPL: a language for modular homogeneous language embedding

Clark, Tony (2015) XPL: a language for modular homogeneous language embedding. Science of Computer Programming, 98 (4) . pp. 589-616. ISSN 0167-6423 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.scico.2014.08.005)

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Languages that are used for Software Language Engineering (SLE) offer a range of features that support the construction and deployment of new languages. SLE languages offer features for constructing and processing syntax and defining the semantics of language features. New languages may be embedded within an existing language (internal) or may be stand-alone (external). Modularity is a desirable SLE property for which there is no generally agreed approach. This article analyses the current tools for SLE and identifies the key features that are common. It then proposes a language called XPL that supports these features. XPL is higher-order and allows languages to be constructed and manipulated as first-class elements and therefore can be used to represent a range of approaches to modular language definition. This is validated by using XPL to define the notion of a language module that supports modular language construction and language transformation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 14672
Notes on copyright: This is a RoMEO green journal: Authors pre-print on any website
Depositing User: Tony Clark
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 16:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14672

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