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Vanilla: An open language framework


Dobson, S and Nixon, Paddy and Wade, V and Terzis, S and Fuller, J, Vanilla: An open language framework, In :Generative and component-based software engineering, Springer-Verlag, Krzysztof Czarnecki and Ulrich W. Eisenecker (ed), Berlin, pp. 91−104. ISBN 3-540-41172-0 (2000) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/3-540-40048-6_8


A trend in current research is towards component-based systems, where applications are built by combining re-usable fragments or components. In this paper we argue the case for building programming languages from components. We describe Vanilla, a component-based architecture for language tools. The core of Vanilla is a set of components, each implementing the type checking and behaviour of a single language feature, which are integrated within a well-structured framework to provide a programming language interpreter. Features may be extensively re-used across a variety of languages, allowing rapid prototyping and simplifying the exploration of new constructs. We describe the design and implementation of the system, and draw some general conclusions from the experience of building with components.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Software engineering
Research Field:Programming languages
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nixon, Paddy (Professor Paddy Nixon)
ID Code:69391
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-04-20
Last Modified:2011-06-03

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