|TXL 5.3 Release now available email@example.com (1991-09-09)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Cordy)|
|Keywords:||FTP, tools, code, translator|
|Organization:||Computing & Information Science, Queen's University|
|Date:||Mon, 9 Sep 1991 20:30:51 GMT|
Release 5.3 of TXL, a rapid prototyping system for programming languages
and program transformations, is now available via anonymous ftp from
qusuna.qucis.queensu.ca (126.96.36.199) in the directory 'txl'. Release
5.3 fixes a number of bugs in release 5.2, in particular a bug in patterns
targeted at left-recursive productions, and adds support for arbitrary
comment conventions, in particular for C and C++ commenting and the %
TXL 5.3 is distributed in portable ANSI C source form only, and you must
compile it for your particular Unix system. It has been tested on all of
the VAX, Sun/3, Sun/4, NeXT, and DECstation MIPS, and meets 'gcc -ansi
-pedantic' so should compile on almost anything.
Full information on the details of fetching TXL can be obtained by
fetching the 00README file, like so:
myunix% ftp 188.8.131.52
Connected to 184.108.40.206.
220 qusuna FTP server (Version 5.56 Thu Apr 18 13:08:27 EDT 1991) ready.
Name (220.127.116.11:cordy): anonymous
331 Guest login ok, send ident as password.
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
ftp> cd txl
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> get 00README
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for 00README (1688 bytes).
226 Transfer complete.
local: 00README remote: 00README
1731 bytes received in 0.04 seconds (42 Kbytes/s)
I will attempt to service any email requests from those who do not have
FTP access as well, but such requests will be serviced very slowly over
the next couple of months and I don't have time to try to fix any email
addresses that don't work from my site directly as sent to me.
For those of you who have forgotten what TXL is good for, I have
reproduced the TXL 5.3 ABSTRACT file below.
Prof. James R. Cordy email@example.com
Dept. of Computing and Information Science James.R.Cordy@QueensU.CA
Queen's University at Kingston firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston, Canada K7L 3N6 utcsri!qucis!cordy
----- TXL ABSTRACT -----
Subject: TXL 5.3, a Rapid Prototyping Tool for Computer Languages
Release 5.3 of TXL: Tree Transformation Language is now available via
anonymous FTP from qusuna.qucis.queensu.ca (18.104.22.168).
TXL 5.3, (c) 1988-1991 Queen's University at Kingston
Here's the language prototyping tool you've been waiting for! TXL is a
generalized source-to-source translation system suitable for rapidly
prototyping computer languages and langauge processors of any kind. It
has been used to prototype several new programming languages as well as
specification languages, command languages, and more traditional program
transformation tasks such as constant folding, type inference and source
TXL is NOT a compiler technology tool, rather it is a tool for use by
average programmers in quickly prototyping languages and linguistic tasks.
TXL takes as input an arbitrary context-free grammar in extended BNF-like
notation, and a set of show-by-example transformation rules to be applied
to inputs parsed using the grammar. TXL will automatically parse inputs
in the language described by the grammar, no matter if ambiguous or
recursive, and then successively apply the transformation rules to the
parsed input until they fail, producing as output a formatted transformed
TXL is particularly well suited to the rapid prototyping of parsers (e.g.,
producing a Modula 2 parser took only the half hour to type in the Modula
2 reference grammar directly from the back of Wirth's book), pretty
printers (e.g., a Modula 2 paragrapher took another ten minutes to insert
output formatting clues in the grammar), and custom or experimental
dialects of existing programming languages (e.g., Objective Turing was
prototyped by transforming to pure Turing and using the standard Turing
compiler to compile the result).
TXL 5.3 comes with fully portable ANSI C source automatically translated
from the Turing Plus original, self-instruction scripts and a pile of
examples of its use in various applications.
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