Skip to main content

Building Your Own Tools: An Oberon Industrial Case-Study

  • Conference paper
Modular Programming Languages (JMLC 2000)

Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science ((LNCS,volume 1897))

Included in the following conference series:

Abstract

Our experience creating custom application software has taught us that total control over our development tools is a necessity. Project Oberon provided an excellent starting point for us to build our own cross-platform application programming environment. Our adaptation of Wirth’s compiler is retargetable at run-time via a small set of installable up-calls, enabling a single machine-specific code-generation module of typically less than a thousand lines of code. The only significant additions to the original Oberon language are floating-point binary-coded decimals and open-array variables with string concatenation (e.g. s := ”Error: ” + t). Accompanying run-time libraries, written in Oberon, for operating systems such as Microsoft Windows (32-bit) and MS-DOS have been developed. Several systems created using the new tools have been in use by customers for some time.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others

References

  1. Wirth, N., Gutknecht, J.: Project Oberon: The Design of an Operating System and Compiler. Addison-Wesley, Reading (1992)

    Google Scholar 

  2. Reiser, M., Wirth, N.: Programming in Oberon: Steps Beyond Pascal and Modula. Addison-Wesley, Reading (1992)

    MATH  Google Scholar 

  3. Wirth, N.: A Plea for Lean Software. IEEE Computer 28(2) (1995)

    Google Scholar 

  4. Fischer, C., Leblanc, R.: Crafting a Compiler, 1st edn. Benjamin Cummings (1988)

    Google Scholar 

  5. Tanenbaum, A.S., van Staveren, H., Keizer, E.G., Stevenson, J.W.: A Practical Tool Kit for Making Portable Compilers. Communications of the ACM 26(9) (1983)

    Google Scholar 

  6. Crelier, R.: OP2: A Portable Oberon-2 Compiler. In: Proceedings of the Second International Modula-2 Conference, Loughborough University of Technology (1991), ftp://ftp.inf.ethz.ch/pub/software/Oberon/OberonV4/Docu/OP2.Paper.ps.gz

  7. Wirth, N.: Compiler Construction. Addison-Wesley, Reading (1996)

    Google Scholar 

  8. Lagarias, J.C.: The 3x+1 Problem and its Generalizations. American Mathematical Monthly 92(1) (1985), http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/organics/papers/lagarias/

  9. Gosling, J., McGilton, H.: The Java Language Environment: A White Paper. Sun Microsystems, Inc. (1996), http://java.sun.com/docs/white/langenv/

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2000 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

About this paper

Cite this paper

Reed, P. (2000). Building Your Own Tools: An Oberon Industrial Case-Study. In: Weck, W., Gutknecht, J. (eds) Modular Programming Languages. JMLC 2000. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1897. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/10722581_23

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/10722581_23

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-540-67958-5

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-540-44519-7

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

Publish with us

Policies and ethics