Bests posts on Language Engineering

 

In the past years, and in the last 12 months in particular I wrote tens of posts, some of which got a good response from you (thank you!).

I thought it could be useful to create a list of the most relevant posts for each topic. It could help in particular new readers.

ANTLR

A lot of people love to read about ANTLR! I did not anticipated writing so much about ANTLR, however many posts involve ANTLR but are used to show specific techniques, like building syntax highlighting. I plan to write more about tools built around ANTLR, like editors for the web or the desktop (such as Kanvas).

JavaParser & JavaSymbolSolver

I wrote several more posts about JavaParser, discussing how specific part of JavaParser were implemented. I plan to work more on writing tutorials on JavaParser this year. First of all version 3.0 was just released, then there are other features coming: I have just completed support for Javadoc processing and I am working on lexical preservation. A little voice is even telling me about a book on JavaParser…

Static analysis

This is in interesting topic for me, connected also to my interest to JavaParser. This year my brother Gabriele contributed a few articles on static analysis in the C# world, while I tend to focus more on the JVM world, with excursion to other platforms (like Python).

Jetbrains MPS

I have been using Jetbrains MPS on daily basis and I did quite a few interesting things with it. I should write it more about it this year.

Other related to languages

There are so many other things I would like to talk about which are broadly related to languages. Interviews to very interesting people like Jan or Vaclav are high on my list. Also discussing generation, for example targeting the LLVM or interpretation are topics that I think could interest some of you.

  • Interview with Jan Köhnlein on TypeFox, DSLs and Xtext Jan is one of the most well-known committers of the Xtext project. He recently created a company named TypeFox, focusing on building DSLs using Xtext. We discuss about Xtext and his company
  • Generating bytecode parsing is fun, I know, but after having parsed code you need to generate something from it. Bytecode is a very good choice. In this post we explain how to generate bytecode.

In the end…

There are topics that I love, and I will keep writing about those even if I am the only one reading those posts. However I also try to be useful here, so if there are topics related to language engineering that you feel are not explained well feel free to reach me (write to me at federico at tomassetti dot me, use the contact page, ping me on twitter) and let me know.

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