Representation of Object Programs in Metaprograms

  • Ralf Lämmel


This chapter discusses different representation options for abstract syntax in the context of implementing programming languages or language-based software components. This is an important foundation for metaprogramming. That is, we assume that one language – the metalanguage – is used for writing programs that analyze, manipulate, translate, generate, or otherwise consume or produce programs in another language – the object language. In this context, abstract syntax thus plays the role of defining the object-program representation in metaprograms. This chapter also discusses other implementation aspects of abstract syntax: conformance checking, serialization, and resolution (AST-to-ASG mapping).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Lämmel
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  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversität Koblenz-LandauKoblenzGermany

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