For a new language, follow these steps:
Create a Plug-in Project in Eclipse.
org.eclipse.escet.setext.runtimeplug-ins to the Required plug-ins in the project’s manifest. Also add any plug-ins that define the classes that you will be referring to in the SeText specification.
Create the Java package where your scanner, parser(s) and hooks classes are to be stored.
Create a text file ending with
.setextin that same package. Fill the specification, and save it.
Right click the file in the Project Explorer or Package Explorer, and choose the Generate Parser(s) action. Alternatively, right click the text editor for the SeText specification and choose the same action.
Observe how the files are generated. Make sure the console is free of warnings and errors.
Copy the hooks class skeleton (extension
.java), and implement the hooks.
You are ready to use the scanner and parser(s).
After changes to the SeText specification:
Regenerate the code, as before.
Hooksinterface has changed, update the hooks class.
You are ready to use the modified scanner and parser(s).
It may be a good idea to put the
.skeleton file in a version control system. That way, after regeneration, you can ask for a diff. You then know what has changed, and how you need to update the hooks class.
Also note that if a generated
Hooks interface changes after a regeneration, Java will report errors for methods not yet present in the hook class. Similarly, Java will complain about changed method signatures, and methods that no longer exist in the
Hooks interface (and thus have invalid
@Override annotations in the hooks class).