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PROGRAM STRAIGHT-LINE PROGRAM INTERPRETER

Implement a simple program analyzer and interpreter for the straight-line coding language. This exercise serves as an introduction to environments (symbol tables mapping variable names to information about the variables); to abstract syntax (data structures representing the phrase structure of programs); to recursion over tree data structures, useful in many parts of a compiler; and to a functional style of coding without assignment statements. It also serves as a "warm-up" exercise in Java programming. Programmers experienced in other languages but new to Java should be able to do this exercise, but will need supplementary material (such as textbooks) on Java. Programs to be interpreted are already parsed into abstract syntax, as described by the data types in Program 1.5. However, we do not wish to worry about parsing the language, so we write this program by applying data constructors:

Stm prog =
new CompoundStm(new AssignStm("a",
 new OpExp(new NumExp(5),
 OpExp.Plus, new NumExp(3))),
new CompoundStm(new AssignStm("b",
 new EseqExp(new PrintStm(new PairExpList(new IdExp("a"),
 new LastExpList(new OpExp(new IdExp("a"),
 OpExp.Minus,new NumExp(1))))),
 new OpExp(new NumExp(10), OpExp.Times,
 new IdExp("a")))),
new PrintStm(new LastExpList(new IdExp("b")))));


Files with the data type declarations for the trees, and this sample program, are available in the directory $MINIJAVA/chap1. Writing interpreters without side effects (that is, assignment statements that update variables and data structures) is a good introduction to denotational semantics and attribute grammars, which are methods for describing what coding languages do. It's often a useful technique in writing compilers, too; compilers are also in the business of saying what coding languages do. Therefore, in implementing these programs, never assign a new value to any variable or object field except when it is initialized. For local variables, use the initializing form of declaration (for example, int i=j+3;)andfor each class, make a constructor function (like the CompoundStm constructor in Program 1.5).

  1. Write a Java function int maxargs(Stm s) that tells the maximum number of arguments of any print statement within any subexpression of a given statement. For example, maxargs(prog) is 2.

  2. Write a Java function void interp(Stm s) that "interprets" a program in this language. To write in a "functional programming" style - in which you never use an assignment statement - initialize each local variable as you declare it.

Your functions that examine each Exp will have to use instanceof to determine which subclass the expression belongs to and then cast to the proper subclass. Or you can add methods to the Exp and Stm classes to avoid the use of instanceof. For part 1, remember that print statements can contain expressions that contain other print statements. For part 2, make two mutually recursive functions interpStm and interpExp. Represent a "table", mapping identifiers to the integer values assigned to them, as a list of id × int pairs.

class Table {
 String id; int value; Table tail;
 Table(String i, int v, Table t) {id=i; value=v; tail=t;}
}


Then interpStm is declared as

Table interpStm(Stm s, Table t)


taking a table t1 as argument and producing the new table t2 that's just like t1 except that some identifiers map to different integers as a result of the statement. For example, the table t1 that maps a to 3 and maps c to 4, which we write {a ↦ 3, c ↦ 4} in mathematical notation, could be represented as the linked list Java ScreenShot. Now, let the table t2 be just like t1, except that it maps c to 7 instead of 4. Mathematically, we could write,

t2 = update (t1, c, 7),

where the update function returns a new table {a ↦ 3, c ↦ 7}. On the computer, we could implement t2 by putting a new cell at the head of the linked list: Java ScreenShot, as long as we assume that the first occurrence of c in the list takes precedence over any later occurrence. Therefore, the update function is easy to implement; and the corresponding lookup function

int lookup(Table t, String key)


just searches down the linked list. Of course, in an object-oriented style, int lookup(String key) should be a method of the Table class. Interpreting expressions is more complicated than interpreting statements, because expressions return integer values and have side effects. We wish to simulate the straight-line coding language's assignment statements without doing any side effects in the interpreter itself. (The print statements will be accomplished by interpreter side effects, however.) The solution is to declare interpExp as

class IntAndTable {int i; Table t;
 IntAndTable(int ii, Table tt) {i=ii; t=tt;}
 }
IntAndTable interpExp(Exp e, Table t) …


The result of interpreting an expression e1 with table t1 is an integer value i and a new table t2. When interpreting an expression with two subexpressions (such as an OpExp), the table t2 resulting from the first subexpression can be used in processing the second subexpression.


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