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  • Title Bison: The Yacc-compatible Parser Generator
  • Author(s) Free Software Foundation
  • Publisher: Free Software Foundation, 8 edition (September 2003); eBook (updated on May 14, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188211423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882114238
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Book Description

This updated edition has an expanded 'Concepts' and 'Grammar Files' sections, and a greatly expanded 'Debugging Your Parser' section. There is also a new FAQ section added to the appendix. Some obsolete material was removed as well.

Bison is a general-purpose parser generator that can help the C programmer develop a wide range of language parsers, from those used in simple desktop calculators to complex programming languages.

The Bison manual provides a quick overview of the theory behind context-free grammars and semantic values. It has both an introductory tutorial section with examples and a reference section which explores parts of Bison in detail. This book teaches you:

  • Basic concepts of context-free grammars
  • Basic concepts of semantic values and actions
  • Bison grammar rules and syntax
  • Stages in writing and running Bison grammars
  • C-Language interface to the parser function yyparse()
  • How to parse more than one language in the same program
  • How to detect when an operation for a new node type was not implemented
  • How to ensure that a new operation covers all existing node types adequately
  • The Lexical Analyzer Function yylex()
  • Writing rules for error recovery and yyerror()
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