Parrot is a virtual machine designed to efficiently compile and execute bytecode for dynamic languages. Parrot currently hosts a variety of language implementations in various stages of completion, including Tcl, Javascript, Ruby, Lua, Scheme, PHP, Python, Perl 6, APL, and a .NET bytecode translator. Parrot is not about parrots, though we are rather fond of them for obvious reasons.

PACT - Design Notes


So after my last blog post, I started a gist to keep track of "how would I write PCT". I called it PACT, the Parrot Alternate Compiler Toolkit. I suppose I could have called it PCT2, but I really don't want to try to claim it will 100% replace PCT. PCT's very valuable to the people using it right now, but there's no small desire to add to it and I'd like to help it be better. Parrot's main audience, to my mind, is prospective compiler writers and the easier we can make their lives the better.

GSoC: Wrapping up, and some documentation

The hard "pencils down" date was Monday, so now seems like a good time for a blog post summarizing what I ended up completing.

I have DPDA generation and parsing working for LR(0) and SLR(1) grammars. I have the beginnings of a grammar specification DSL (a grammar, but no actions or tokenizer yet; it's in the dsl branch). I do not have support for LALR(k) grammars or general LR(k) grammars. I have not implemented generating code to parse grammars (as opposed to interpreting the DPDA in order to parse them).

End of GSoC, but not Time to Stop...

I've spent the last few days cleaning up my branch: adding documentation, checking that it passes the code standard tests, and trying compiling Rakudo nom. Don't get too excited, we can't compile nom directly to bytecode. Heck, it can't compile squaak directly yet. But I wanted to make sure that all my tinkering hasn't broken the original PIR generation path.

And So Ends the Flight of the Honey Bee

Actually, I suppose the flight has really just begun. It's true that GSoC is nearly at its end but, ironically enough, it doesn't really feel like the end but more of a new beginning. A new debug data format is in the works and it has so much potential!

GSOC 12: Coming to an end

While I didn't implement everything I thought I would, there is now a basic framework for bytecode generation in the nqp_pct branch. I'm uncertain if it should be merged... While the bytecode generation doesn't fully work, it doesn't interfere with the existing usage of PCT and does have the nice feature that PAST::Compiler is now written in NQP for ease of hacking. I'll leave that up to the rest of the community to decide. The rest of this blog post is the contents of docs/pct/bytecode.pod, which I hope will be helpful if anyone want to explore what I've been working on all summer.

corellaScript : Functions and Objects

With only two days left before the hard dead line and that will the end of my first GSOC . These three months has given me a tremendous insight into the world of open source, scripting languages and off-course compilers.

The good parts

Three months ago, I was a programmer who knew how to programme in javascript and few other languages but nothing about what is going inside the compiler which drives a language but now I know what makes javascript so dynamic and powerful ,I know how code is read, converted into tokens and the formation of Syntax tree.

Parrot-GMP: Almost done

It's been a while since I've posted - real life has been crazy with moving and setting up and finals. That's my fault because I didn't take into account the fact that I would be moving nor my finals being right around the time GSoC would be ending. The good news is that I've moved and setup my place (hooray for having my own office) and my classes are done - I've written the last research paper and taken my last final for my masters.

corellaScript : Arrays

After missing action from some time, Corella is rising again . Right now Corella is not able to compile itself which was intended to but I'm trying to cover as much as possible and will give my best in this week. Corella's object system ("Corella-System") is ready and working.

Worked on arrays today and now corella is having support for arrays and even multi dimentional arrays as given in the ecmaScript.


var arr = []

results in

.HLL "corella"
.include "corella_system.pir"
.sub 'main' :main

The End.

This is a summary

The soft deadline has passed and the hard deadline is not far away. Soon, what is likely to be my last GSoC will be over. And it was great! These three years I've had the summer job of my dreams. I worked on projects I was passionate about, using tools I liked and with people I liked.

SOD: Symbolic Opcode Description

Well, GSoC is starting to wind down. I can't believe it's almost over. It feels like the "pencils down" date just jumped up out of nowhere. I had a lot more planned for HBDB but there are many flaws in Parrot's design that make even some of the most basic debugging tasks very difficult which I'll explain in a moment.

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