Compilers (CS362 2002F)

Parsing Expressions


Summary: In today's lab, you will explore a predictive parser for simple expressions that evaluates expressions while parsing them.

Collaboration: Feel free to work on this lab in pairs or trios.

Turning It In: Save your answers in a plain text file and submit it using the ECA.

Grading: I expect that you will gain more from doing this lab than from me grading this lab. I may simply scan through your answers to see if you had any particularly valuable insights.

Supporting Files:


The file contains a predictive parser for simple single-digit expressions that evaluates the expressions as it parses them. You should make a copy of the file and read through it to give yourself some sense of the procedures it contains.


1. Load in DrScheme. Evaluate a variety of expressions to verify that the evaluate procedure works correctly. You should try expressions that involve precedence and associativity. You should also try erroneous expressions.

2. Update to support infix max and min operators. You can choose appropriate characters to represent those operators. You may assume that they have the same precedence and associativity as the additive operators.

3. Update to return a Scheme expression equivalent to the infix expression, rather than returning the value of the infix expression. One strategy is to change the portions of the code in which a value is computed. Another is to change operator.

4. Update to support numbers with more than one digit. You'll probably need a new procedure to parse numbers.

5. Update to support exponentiation. You'll need to add a new nonterminal (e.g., ExpExp) and modify code in a variety of places.



Monday, 30 September 2002 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]

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Tuesday, 1 October 2002 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]


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