If understand your comments correctly you aren't chiming in on whether
we should switch parsers, just that you would like there to be a
published interface of what pig latin syntax trees look like so you
could generate them in other tools and then feed them into pig. Is
that correct? So whether we switch parsing technologies or not is not
of interest to you, only the interfaces we expose?
On Feb 12, 2009, at 4:42 PM, Ted Dunning wrote:
In general, it would be really, really nice if it were easy to build
abstract Pig syntax trees outside of the normal parser.
For instance, I find the fact that pig is not a full scale scripting
language incredibly confining. I would love to be able to build a
groovy that let me use groovy for scripting, but still execute pig
easily. If I could build Pig syntax trees easily, then I would be,
say, in pig heaven.
That would also let the switch to a different parsing technology
gradually rather than all at once. Two different grunt interpreters
coexist for a short time while the new one is proved out.
On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 3:58 PM, Olga Natkovich <ol...@yahoo-
Pig currently uses javacc for parsing pig commands. We have found
several shortcomings with using javacc. In particular,
(1) Lack of good documentation which makes it hard to and time
to learn javacc and make changes to Pig grammar
(2) No easy way to customize error handling and error messages
(3) Single path that performs both tokenizing and parsing
We are considering to use JFlex and Cup which are Java versions of
and Bison instead. The main advantage of this transition is proven,
known and well understood technology and input format. In addition,
addresses the issues stated above.
One problem with the transition is that JFlex and Cup have GPL
that is not compatible with Apache license. The workaround could be
we don't commit the tools into SVN and instead developers who need to
update grammar would install them on their own. Note, that we can
the input grammar as well as the output of the grammar into SVN which
means that for developers just compiling code or making non-parser
changes, there will be no impact.
Please, comment on whether you think this is a reasonable change.
Ted Dunning, CTO
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