Lemon Parser Generator
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|Developer(s)||D. Richard Hipp|
Lemon is a parser generator, maintained as part of the SQLite project, that generates an LALR parser in the C programming language from an input context-free grammar. The generator is quite simple, implemented in a single C source file with another file used as a template for output. Lexical analysis is performed externally.
Lemon is similar to bison and yacc; however it is not compatible with these programs. The grammar input format is different, so as to help prevent common coding errors. Other distinctive features include a reentrant, thread-safe output parser, and the concept of "non-terminal destructors" that try to make it easier to avoid leaking memory.
SQLite uses Lemon with a hand-coded tokenizer to parse SQL strings.
Lemon, in combination with re2c and a re2c wrapper called Perplex, are used in BRL-CAD as platform-agnostic and easily compilable alternatives to Flex and Bison. This combination is also used with STEPcode.
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