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Re: Re: Smalltalk-like browser for perl

by awwaiid (Friar)
on Apr 08, 2001 at 10:26 UTC ( #70799=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Smalltalk-like browser for perl
in thread Smalltalk-like browser for perl

What is really needed is a perl parser (preferably in perl). There are the B:: modules, but they don't quite do what I want. I started tackling one a while back, but got distracted quite quickly. Idealy I want something that takes perl and cuts it into a parse tree at least at the sub (method) level, preserving all whitespace (at least within subs).

You're right though, there is no reason really to make it into a more binary-like scheme, except for maybe load-time (which considering all the interpreting going on doesn't seem like a problem at this point, and could easily be changed later).

As for an actual pragmatic use of this thing, I would definately need a clean way of allowing CPAN and other modules / scripts to be integrated into the environment. I would either have to (at least partially) give up the full-OO feel, or just use them as external references. Now that I'm thinking about it, using them as external references is a much better idea (though some of the OO could still be given up I suppose).

My mind swims with all the thoughts and ideas involved in creating a wonderful programming environment around the basic concept of making it smalltalk-like :)

Damn I love Perl.

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