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The Definitive ANTLR 4 Reference, 2nd Edition

Programmers run into parsing problems all the time. Whether it’s a data format like JSON, a network protocol like SMTP, a server configuration file for Apache, a PostScript/PDF file, or a simple spreadsheet macro language–ANTLR v4 and this book will demystify the process. ANTLR v4 has been rewritten from scratch to make it easier than ever to build parsers and the language applications built on top. This completely rewritten new edition of the bestselling Definitive ANTLR Reference shows you how to take advantage of these new features.

Build your own languages with ANTLR v4, using ANTLR’s new advanced parsing technology. In this book, you’ll learn how ANTLR automatically builds a data structure representing the input (parse tree) and generates code that can walk the tree (visitor). You can use that combination to implement data readers, language interpreters, and translators.

You’ll start by learning how to identify grammar patterns in language reference manuals and then slowly start building increasingly complex grammars. Next, you’ll build applications based upon those grammars by walking the automatically generated parse trees. Then you’ll tackle some nasty language problems by parsing files containing more than one language (such as XML, Java, and Javadoc). You’ll also see how to take absolute control over parsing by embedding Java actions into the grammar.

You’ll learn directly from well-known parsing expert Terence Parr, the ANTLR creator and project lead. You’ll master ANTLR grammar construction and learn how to build language tools using the built-in parse tree visitor mechanism. The book teaches using real-world examples and shows you how to use ANTLR to build such things as a data file reader, a JSON to XML translator, an R parser, and a Java class->interface extractor. This book is your ticket to becoming a parsing guru!

What you need:
ANTLR 4.0 and above. Java development tools. Ant build system optional (needed for building ANTLR from source)

Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing ANTLR and Computer Languages
Chapter 1. Meet ANTLR
Chapter 2. The Big Picture
Chapter 3. A Starter ANTLR Project
Chapter 4. A Quick Tour

Part II: Developing Language Applications with ANTLR Grammars
Chapter 5. Designing Grammars
Chapter 6. Exploring Some Real Grammars
Chapter 7. Decoupling Grammars from Application-Specific Code
Chapter 8. Building Some Real Language Applications

Part III: Advanced Topics
Chapter 9. Error Reporting and Recovery
Chapter 10. Attributes and Actions
Chapter 11. Altering the Parse with Semantic Predicates
Chapter 12. Wielding Lexical Black Magic

Part IV: ANTLR Reference
Chapter 13. Exploring the Runtime API
Chapter 14. Removing Direct Left Recursion
Chapter 15. Grammar Reference

Book Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 2nd Edition (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356999
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  2. trungpt says:

    It seems a great book. Thanks.

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