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Repost: ANTLR Trinity

This post is a repost of an article I had on a previous incarnation of this blog. I hadn't intended to transfer it over, as the technology is old now (ANTLR is on version 4), but I recently came acros a slide deck online, where the post was referenced, so I am reposting in case anyone was looking for it. There are 3 components to a really useful software development technology: innovative features, clear and comprehensive documentation, and solid tools. The recent release of ANTLR v3.0 is a perfect example of this. This parser generator tool has all 3 components and each component is done superbly.ANTLR is a parser generator tool that is capable of targeting multiple output languages. Out of the box it will generate Java, Python, C, C#, or Ruby code for parsers. Other target languages are possible if the code generators are written. Amongst its cool features are:LL(*) parsing: This is an extension to the normal, top down with lookahead, LL(k) parsing technique. It allows for mo…