Simple compiler and webapp for Modelleertaal
Using the webapp in your own website
index.html and the folders
modellen/ are needed to run the webapp in a browser or in a website. However
you need the browserified file
scripts/modelleertaal-app.browser.jswhich is not included in the
You can build it yourself (see below) or download a zip or tarball from the release page.
Optionally change the models in
modellen/ and edit
modellen/models.js accordingly. Put it on a website somewhere.
All code runs in the browser, so a server is not needed.
The webapp can be easily customized (button/options turned off and on) but documentation is lacking. See
Modelleertaal is the language used for "natuurkundig modelleren" (dynamical models in high school physics in NL. System dynamics, Jay W. Forrester, DYNAMO, ...) The language is a subset of "CoachTaal" which is an imperative language derived from Pascal.
Modelleertaal tries to resemble the syntax used in NL textbooks and exams, which is CoachTaal with some differences:
- Statements are not ; terminated
- = is used for assignments (:= is allowed, and treated as an alias. Slightly different from CoachTaal)
- == is used for the 'equal' operator, instead of =. In practice the == operator should never be used.
- Only 'als dan eindals' 'anders' and 'stop' statements are implemented. Other flowcontrol is never used in Modelleertaal.
- Functions cannot be defined. Most math functions from CoachTaal are implemented.
- sin(x), cos(x) and tan(x) are always in degrees. Other trig functions in radians.
- C/Java style comments are allowed
Als (a == 0) En Niet(b == Waar) Dan Stop 'modelleertaal
If (a = 0) AND !(b = True) then Halt(0);
Examen vwo 2005-I Champignon:
'model parachutesprong 'modelregels Fwr = k * v^2 Fres = Fzw - Fwr a = Fres/m dv = a * dt v = v + dv dy = v * dt y = y + dy h = h0 - y t = t + dt als h < 400 dan k = 0.6 * (400 - h) eindals als h < 350 dan k = 30 eindals
About the modelleertaal compiler
run.js contains a benchmark. Compared to other modellertaal interpreters/compilers it is orders of magnitude faster.
eval() has been wrapped into an anonymous function to prevent bailout of the V8 optimising compiler.
model = new evaluator_js.Model(); model.modelregels = "a = a + 1"; model.startwaarden ="a = 1\n b=2\n"; N = 1000; var evaluator = new evaluator_js.ModelregelsEvaluator(model); results = evaluator.run(N);
model.js is used to read/write models. Models are stored in
BogusXML which has an XML-like syntax with
Installation for development
To use the
master branch (development version) of the webapp and/or compiler you will need to build it. This requires Node.js,
npm and grunt:
npm install -g grunt-cli npm install grunt
Running the webapp offline
The webapp should run offline, but browser security may interfere with loading the models. (Cross site scripting protection may
block the ajax request). At the time of writing CORS protection blocks the webapp on Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Either install a
browser extension that disables CORS protection or use a local webserver (
python -m http.server)
License and credits
This compiler and webapp implements the language used in Dutch High School Physics exams. This language is (based on) Coach and CoachTaal. Coach is developped by CMA Science.
The webapp was built using jQuery and Flot and heavily inspired by HiSPARC jSPARC.
This was originally based on Zach Carter's jsconf 2010 jison talk.
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