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( Moritz: Thanks. Thursday, I grabbed a copy of the book and moved to the latest rakudo release. I didn't find the .perl method yet; so I'll just salivate for a while more. I will look again at the book--that was helpful. )

This is going slow as I have little time (and lots of ignorance) but I will keep scratching away.

#!/home/rir/rakudo/parrot_install/bin/perl6 { grammar Calc { token TOP { <expression> } rule expression { <lhs> <op> <rhs> } token lhs { <numeric> } token rhs { <numeric> } token numeric { \d+[\.\d*]? } token op { '-' | '+' | '*' | '/' | 'x' } } class Calc::Actions { method TOP($/) { make $<expression>.ast } method expression($/) { make eval "$/<lhs> $/<op>.ast() $/<rhs +>" } method lhs($/) { make $/ } method rhs($/) { make $/ } method numeric($/) { make $/ } method op($/) { if ( $/ eq 'x') { make '*'; } else {make $/; } + } } my $m = Calc.parse( "8.8 x 5.0 - 2", :actions( Calc::Actions)); die "dying no match" unless $m; say "$m<expression> = $m.ast()"; }
Ok, I have retrenched. I grabbed Rakudo's/Pug's spectest and found some grammars that compile out of the box. The above is built up from t/spec/S05-grammarr/action-stubs.t . (Running spectest was less onerous than I expected.)

The above is meant to model a cheap calculator.


  • Is the string eval reasonable here?
  • Can the expression rule be handled without the separate naming of the lhs and rhs? Is there a way to access each numeric in something like:
    rule expression { <numeric> <op> <numeric> }
  • The above can easily be extended by changing the rhs token line to
    token rhs { <numeric> | <expression> }
    But this destroys the calculator's left associativity and equal precedence. I suppose this could be addressed by changing the rule expression line to:
    rule expression { <lhs> ( <op> <rhs> )+ }
    but I'm getting lost here.

Be well,

In reply to Re^2: P6: Beginning grammar by rir
in thread P6: Beginning grammar by rir

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