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Small languages, less accidentally

By Carl Mäsak (‎masak‎)
Date: Saturday, 12 November 2011 15:00
Duration: 40 minutes
Language: English
Tags: compiler dsl easy parsing pattern


Oh noes, someone's gone and committed a hand-rolled expression evaluator built entirely of hacks! And someone else built a markup parser out of a hundred regular expressions. Where's the aspirin?

We end up creating small languages and parsers -- sometimes "accidentally" -- as we solve day-to-day programming problems. Sometimes these are unintentional or half-baked.

This talk goes the underlying patterns (and anti-patterns) of parsers. Incorrectly made, they can create more problems than they solve. But many of the good, useful patterns come from programming languages themselves, and the good news is that we already "know" them. We just need to apply them correctly.


Attended by: Mike Cartmell, Rikki Guy, Simon Williams, Sam Kington (‎skington‎), Peter Rabbitson (‎ribasushi‎), Christof Meerwald (‎cmeerw‎), Brad Haywood, Michael Gray, Adam Bartosik, Mark Norman Francis, Alex Burzyński (‎AJGB‎), Peter Shangov (‎pshangov‎), Dominic Humphries (‎djh‎), Dan Brook (‎broquaint‎), Chisel Wright, Alex Timoshenko, Graeme Hewson, Gligan Calin Horea, Claes Jakobsson (‎claes‎), Arthur Schmidt (‎fREW‎), Tomas Doran (‎t0m‎), Nuria Arranz-Velazquez, Jess Robinson (‎castaway‎),