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GPCE 2019
Sun 20 - Fri 25 October 2019 Athens, Greece
co-located with SPLASH 2019
Mon 21 Oct 2019 14:30 - 15:00 at Ground floor conference room - Meta Chair(s): Shigeru Chiba

This paper presents a technique for realizing reflection in attribute grammars. It is implemented and evaluated in the Silver attribute grammar system in the form of a reflect function mapping typed syntax trees and other values into a generic representation and a reify function for the inverse mapping. This is especially useful in meta-programming systems in which syntax trees are properly typed, both in the meta-language of the system and in the implementation to which the meta-language is translated. This is the case in Silver, a strongly typed language that translates to Java.

We demonstrates its usefulness in several ways. The first is in an extension to Silver for writing language extensions for the AbleC extensible C specification. This allows language developers to specify complete C syntax trees using the concrete syntax of C, with typed holes, instead of writing abstract syntax trees, saving almost 18,000 lines of specifications. Secondly, a scrap-your-boilerplate style substitution mechanism is also described. The third use is in serialization and deserialization of the interface files Silver generates to support separate compilation; a custom interface language was replaced by a generic reflection-based implementation saving around 2,000 lines of specifications. Finally, an experimental implementation of staged interpreters for a small staged functional language is discussed.

Mon 21 Oct

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14:00 - 15:30
MetaGPCE 2019 at Ground floor conference room
Chair(s): Shigeru Chiba Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
A Stage-Polymorphic IR for Compiling MATLAB-Style Dynamic Tensor Expressions
GPCE 2019
Alen Stojanov ETH Zurich, Tiark Rompf Purdue University, Markus Püschel ETH Zürich
Reflection in Attribute Grammars
GPCE 2019
Lucas Kramer University of Minnesota, Ted Kaminski University of Minnesota, Eric Van Wyk University of Minnesota, USA
DOI Pre-print
Polymorphic Extractors for Semantic and Portable Pattern Matching (Short Paper)
GPCE 2019
Amir Shaikhha University of Oxford