Meta-S Version 4.0 Beta Testers Sought

Quinn Tyler Jackson <>
4 Jan 2003 22:41:25 -0500

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From: Quinn Tyler Jackson <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 4 Jan 2003 22:41:25 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: tools, administrivia, parse
Posted-Date: 04 Jan 2003 22:41:25 EST

I am looking for Beta Testers for Version 4.0 of the Meta-S Grammar
Development System.

The "ideal Meta-S beta tester" is a parsing specialist with experience
using visual grammar development systems or a hard core bug-finder.

To test Meta-S, you will need a Win32 system to run the IDE. If you
also have a non-Windows system, you would ideally be in a position to
test the generated grammars for compilation errors with non-Windows
C++ compilers.

Version 4.0 of Meta-S now includes:

* An ANSI/ISO compliant C++ example grammar. (Parses C++ without any
attached code.)
* A C# grammar. (Conforms to published C# specification.)
* An HTML/XML parser. (Configures itself to XML on the fly based upon
input encountered.)
* Numerous fixes and additions from previous versions.

Meta-S is a Type 0-capable adaptive grammar technology. As such, "in
theory" if a language can be parsed, it can be parsed by Meta-S
without any disambiguating attached code.) Grammar specifications are
written in EBNF-like A-BNF (Adaptive Backus-Naur Form).

If you are interested in becoming a version 4.0 beta tester, please
write me at, and include the following information:

1. Why you feel you would make a good tester.
2. Previous relevant parser generator experience (lex, yacc, others).
3. Your contact information.

This information will be kept in strictest confidence. Beta testers
who offer feedback that is useful will have an opportunity to be
listed in the product acknowledgements if they grant permission for

Please note: If you are an author of a competing parsing product,
visual or not, I regret that I cannot extend this offer to you. (Such
is the nature of the business.) Please disclose any affiliation you
feel may exclude you from eligibility. For the purposes of this
exclusion, "competing parsing product" means compiler compiler or
parser generator, NOT products that incorporate parsers.

Thank you.

Quinn Tyler Jackson

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