Composing Programming Languages by Combining Action-Semantics Modules

Kyung-Goo Doh, Peter D. Mosses

Abstract


This article demonstrates a method for composing a programming language by combining action-semantics modules. Each module is defined separately, and then a programming-language module is defined by combining existing modules. This method enables the language designer to gradually develop a language by defining, selecting and combining suitable modules. The resulting modular structure is substantially different from that previously employed in action-semantic descriptions.

It also discusses how to resolve the conflicts that may arise when combining modules, and indicates some advantages that action semantics has over other approaches in this respect.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7146/brics.v10i53.21825
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ISSN: 0909-0878 

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