Readers of this website will know that ANTLR is a great tool to quickly create parsers and help you in working with a known language or create your DSL. There are two options because in the past the official ANTLR tool did not include the ability to generate C , so you had to use the second option. In this tutorial we are going to use the second option because it offer better integration with Visual Studio. The runtime itself works also on Mono, and can be used as a standalone. However, the easiest way is to use Visual Studio and the provided extension to integrate the generation of the grammar into the your C project. Setup At the moment of the release of this article the extension did not supported on Visual Studio

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If you are a programmer, at some point in your life, you must have wondered if you too could ever create your very own language, one that conforms to your ideals.

Accordingly, create a new file call GYOO. Generate Parser and Lexer Now that we have a grammar file, we can pass it as an input to the org. Tool class and generate a parser and lexer for it. Tool -package com. Call it MyListener. For example, every time it encounters an assign statement, it must assign a value to a variable.

You can do so by overriding the enterAssign and exitAssign methods. There are similar methods for the print and add statements too. MyListener also needs a Map object that can store the names and values of all the variables. However, we still need to pass an input file to it and break it down into tokens.

In order to that, add a new class called Main to your project and add a main method to it. You can now create a stream of tokens using the lexer, and pass it as an input to a GYOOParser object. At this point, you can call the program method to start the parsing.

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