|Tom 2.0 release announcement email@example.com (Antoine Reilles) (2004-06-25)|
|From:||Antoine Reilles <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||25 Jun 2004 01:56:14 -0400|
|Organization:||CIRIL, Nancy, France|
|Posted-Date:||25 Jun 2004 01:56:14 EDT|
Tom 2.0 release announcement
This release continues our work on the integration of pattern matching
and rule based programming facilities into C and Java.
Tom is a pattern matching compiler developed at INRIA. It is
particularly well-suited for programming various transformations on
trees/terms and XML based documents. Its design follows our research
on the efficient compilation of rule based languages (e.g. ELAN,
developed at INRIA-Loria).
Tom is a tool implemented in Tom itself. It can be seen as a Yacc-like
compiler translating patterns into executable pattern matching
automata. Similarly to Yacc, when a match is found, the corresponding
semantic action (a sequence of instructions written in C or Java) is
triggered and executed.
Looking from another point of view, Tom is a complex compiler which adds
powerful constructs to C and Java: non linear syntactic matching,
associative matching with neutral element (a.k.a. list-matching), XML
based pattern matching, string matching, and equational rewriting.
This offers the possibility to analyze and transform any kind of
data-structure. Tom can be used for large scale developments and
applications. It comes with documentation, programming, and debugging
This new release contains many improvements and new features:
- simple, ant based, installation procedure
- Eclipse plug-in, with automatic compilation and error reporting
- support for Caml
- several predefined mappings
- an optimizer which performs inlining and improves the efficiency
- support for builtin char and builtin string (seen as list of
- a better XML support (backquote notation, anonymous nodes)
- a re-designed kernel compiler (with better algorithms)
- a constrained based compilation of non-linear patterns (in a
more efficient way)
- several bugs fixed
Tom is available, in open source (GPL/BSD License), from the Tom web page:
Tom development team
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