From: Juan Carlos Arevalo-Baeza (jcab.lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-08 23:21:30
On Thu, 7 Nov 2002 18:09:03 -0800, Noah Stein wrote:
>I believe this is already under way. Juan Carlos Arevalo-Baeza (JCAB for
>short) is currently in the middle of implementing a C++ parser. I believe
>he even has error support already. If he's not active on Boost, I would
>suggest looking for him over on the Spirit list.
:) Thanks, Noah. I don't usually follow Boost. Too much traffic for me to deal with. But Joel alerted me of this thread (thanx).
On Thu, 07 Nov 2002 21:47:31 -0500, David Abrahams wrote:
>>2. This is the biggie - how about writing a full-fledged C++ parser (with
>>symbol tables!) in Spirit? Now that would be cool...
>That's a work-in-progress, AFAIK.
Kinda. There's a first try, based on Hartmut's C grammar, which was doomed to fail. And then there's a fairly complete lexer (which just ignores directives) and a test that uses it for parsing names with scopes, including a first pass at a scope database with proper update and lookup semantic actions, so it can be used by the parser.
>I think once you get a C++ parser
>you'll probably discover it's not all that useful without something
>which can represent the type system.
That is absolutely correct. You need to have access to the current set of definitions (types, variables, functions, classes...) in order to parse C++ correctly.
>And then you pretty much
>implement the whole template machinery... well, I think you can guess
>what kind of project that turns into.
I still think it's doable. I'll keep working on it, off and on. At this rate, it should be ready in about... er... 5 to 10 years O:-)
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