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    Program annotation in XML: a parse-tree based approach

    Power, James F. and Malloy, Brian A. (2002) Program annotation in XML: a parse-tree based approach. In: Ninth Working Conference on Reverse Engineering, 2002. Proceedings. IEEE, pp. 190-198. ISBN 0769517994

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    In this paper we describe a technique that can be used to annotate source code with syntactic tags in XML format. This is achieved by modifying the parser generator bison to emit these tags for an arbitrary LALR grammar. We also discuss an immediate application of this technique, a portable modification of the gcc compiler, that allows for XML output for C, Objective C, C++ and Java programs. While our approach is based on a representation of the parse-tree and does not have the same semantic richness as other approaches, it does have the advantage of being language independent, and thus re-usable in a number of different domains.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published chapter, which is available at DOI: 10.1109/WCRE.2002.1173077
    Keywords: Program annotation; XML; parse-tree based approach; source code; syntactic tags;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 6441
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    Depositing User: Dr. James Power
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2015 15:55
    Publisher: IEEE
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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