Simple rules parser for Marpa

I had a nice idea a few days ago. A simple module that creates the rules part of a Marpa grammar, but without code generation and lexers. Just the bit that Marpa::XS::Grammar uses.

So I wrote it in a few minutes. It's not really complicated and provides an example how to write a short parser.

Lets start with a short example of what you would write.

use Marpa::XS;
use MarpaX::Simple::Rules 'parse_rules';


my $rules = parse_rules(<<"RULES");
RULES

my $grammar = Marpa::XS::Grammar->new({
    rules => $rules,
    ...
});

At the ... you should add more arguments to Marpa::XS depending on how you want to use it. Now let's write a simple example of some rules.

my $rules = parse_rules(<<"RULES");
expr   ::= term
term   ::= term plus term
term   ::= factor
factor ::= factor mul factor
factor ::= number
RULES

These rules don't yet contain actions, so Marpa will call the default_action or a function named like that left hand side name. For information you should take a look at the Marpa::XS documentation.

Now let's some specific action to all the rules. We do this by adding => action_name to the end of each of the rules.

my $rules = parse_rules(<<"RULES");
expr   ::= term                  => arg_0
term   ::= term plus term        => plus
term   ::= factor                => arg_0
factor ::= factor mul factor     => mul
factor ::= number                => arg_0
RULES

No functions are provided for you. The names like arg_0 are just generic functions that you should write yourself. If you create a package that uses this module you could use the actions argument for the grammar.

my $grammar = Marpa::XS::Grammar->new({
    ...
    actions => __PACKAGE__,
    ...
});

If you write the functions like the following, the Marpa will call the right thing.

package YYY;
...

sub arg_0 {
    shift; return $_[0];
}
...

I will release the code to CPAN so it will appear somewhat later, but you can already take a look at it at github/MarpaX::Simple::Rules.

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