Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche FakultätProgramming Languages and Software Technology

Presentation at OOPSLA conference

Jonathan Brachthäuser
Jonathan Immanuel Brachthäuser
presents the paper Parsing with First-Class Derivatives at the International Conference on Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The paper is joint work with Tillmann Rendel
Tillmann Rendel
and Klaus Ostermann
Klaus Ostermann

Jonathan giving a talk at OOPSLA'16 on Parsing with First-Class Derivatives.
Photo courtesy of @amintos.


Brzozowski derivatives, well known in the context of regular expressions, have recently been rediscovered to give a simplified explanation to parsers of context-free languages. We add derivatives as a novel first-class feature to a standard parser combinator language. First class derivatives enable an inversion of the control flow, allowing to implement modular parsers for languages that previously required separate preprocessing steps or cross-cutting modifications of the parsers. We show that our framework offers new opportunities for reuse and supports a modular definition of interesting use cases of layout-sensitive parsing.

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