Semantic languages for developing correct language translations

Semantic languages for developing correct language translations The development and validation of language translators (e.g. port programs, language preprocessors, high-level software language compilers, etc.) are time-consuming and error-prone: language engineers need to master both the source and target languages’ syntactic constructs; and most importantly their semantics. In this paper, we present an innovative approach for developing and validating such language translators based on two languages: With the first, we specify a language translation using a syntax-to-syntax mapping; and with the second, we define the semantics of both of the source and target languages. After showing how such specifications can be combined to validate and generate language translators automatically, we demonstrate the feasibility of the approach on a particular modelling language translation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Software Quality Journal Springer Journals

Semantic languages for developing correct language translations

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Computer Science; Software Engineering/Programming and Operating Systems; Programming Languages, Compilers, Interpreters; Data Structures, Cryptology and Information Theory; Operating Systems
ISSN
0963-9314
eISSN
1573-1367
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11219-016-9352-4
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Abstract

The development and validation of language translators (e.g. port programs, language preprocessors, high-level software language compilers, etc.) are time-consuming and error-prone: language engineers need to master both the source and target languages’ syntactic constructs; and most importantly their semantics. In this paper, we present an innovative approach for developing and validating such language translators based on two languages: With the first, we specify a language translation using a syntax-to-syntax mapping; and with the second, we define the semantics of both of the source and target languages. After showing how such specifications can be combined to validate and generate language translators automatically, we demonstrate the feasibility of the approach on a particular modelling language translation.

Journal

Software Quality JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 3, 2017

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