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A*: a language for implementing language processors

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2 Author(s)
Ladd, D.A. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Naperville, IL, USA ; Ramming, J.C.

A* is an experimental language designed to facilitate the creation of language-processing tools. It is analogous either to an interpreted yacc with Awk as its statement language, or to a version of Awk which processes programs rather than records. A* offers two principal advantages over the combination of lex, yacc, and C: a high-level interpreted base language and built-in parse tree construction. A* programmers are thus able to accomplish many useful tasks with little code. This paper describes the motivation for A*, its design, and its evolution. Experience with A* is described, and then the paper concludes with an analysis of that experience

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 11 )

Date of Publication:

Nov 1995

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