Compilers are still a bit of a black art. They need not be. Our goals in this project are simple.
- Build a feature-complete compiler for Python 3.
- In such a way that any CS sophomore can read and understand all the code.
To help people understand the codebase, I have written a fair amount of detail about different parts of the codebase as they exist now:
pyli is a lexer and parser for (most of) Python 3. Currently you can put Python 3 source into it and it will output a lispy AST:
cat stuff.py | make pyli
Or more verbosely:
cabal configure cabal build cat stuff.py | ./dist/build/pyli/pyli
The lexer is both built directly into the
pyli compiler, and compiled as a separate binary just for funsies. You can run it as:
cat stuff.py | make pyle
Or more verbosely:
cabal configure cabal build cat stuff.py | ./dist/build/pyle/pyle
pyli is pretty bare-bones. We do not currently support:
- unicode (I know, I know)
- unicode bytestrings!
- tabs, because they're evil. (just kidding; it's because I'm lazy)
... but it is enough to do some interesting things.
pyli is distributed with an MIT license which basically lets you use it for
almost anything, as long as you keep the license in the project, and don't
take my name off of the stuff I wrote.
Distributed under MIT, which basically means that if you should use this code for anything, you just have to keep a note saying we wrote the code. That said, God help you should you actually decide to use this code.
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