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Euclides - A JavaScript to PostScript Translator

Strobl, Martin and Schinko, Christoph and Ullrich, Torsten and Fellner, Dieter W. (2010):
Euclides - A JavaScript to PostScript Translator.
pp. 14-21, Computation Tools 2010, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

Offering an easy access to programming languages that are difficult to approach directly dramatically reduces the inhibition threshold. The Generative Modeling Language is such a language and can be described as being similar to Adobe's PostScript. A major drawback of all PostScript dialects is their unintuitive reverse Polish notation, which makes both - reading and writing - a cumbersome task. A language should offer a structured and intuitive syntax in order to increase efficiency and avoid frustration during the creation of code. To overcome this issue, we present a new approach to translate JavaScript code to GML automatically. While this translation is basically a simple infix-to-postfix notation rewrite for mathematical expressions, the correct translation of control flow structures is a non-trivial task, due to the fact that there is no concept of "goto" in the PostScript language and its dialects. The main contribution of this work is the complete translation of JavaScript into a PostScript dialect including all control flow statements. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first complete translator.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Strobl, Martin and Schinko, Christoph and Ullrich, Torsten and Fellner, Dieter W.
Title: Euclides - A JavaScript to PostScript Translator
Language: English
Abstract:

Offering an easy access to programming languages that are difficult to approach directly dramatically reduces the inhibition threshold. The Generative Modeling Language is such a language and can be described as being similar to Adobe's PostScript. A major drawback of all PostScript dialects is their unintuitive reverse Polish notation, which makes both - reading and writing - a cumbersome task. A language should offer a structured and intuitive syntax in order to increase efficiency and avoid frustration during the creation of code. To overcome this issue, we present a new approach to translate JavaScript code to GML automatically. While this translation is basically a simple infix-to-postfix notation rewrite for mathematical expressions, the correct translation of control flow structures is a non-trivial task, due to the fact that there is no concept of "goto" in the PostScript language and its dialects. The main contribution of this work is the complete translation of JavaScript into a PostScript dialect including all control flow statements. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first complete translator.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Forschungsgruppe Semantic Models, Immersive Systems (SMIS), Generative Modeling Language (GML), PostScript
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Interactive Graphics Systems
Event Title: Computation Tools 2010
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 11:16
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