Handbook of Formal Languages: Volume 3 Beyond Words by Grzegorz Rozenberg, Arto Salomaa

By Grzegorz Rozenberg, Arto Salomaa

The necessity for a accomplished survey-type exposition on formal languages and comparable mainstream parts of computing device technology has been obvious for a few years. within the early Seventies, while . the booklet Formal Languages by means of the second one­ pointed out editor seemed, it used to be nonetheless rather possible to jot down a finished publication with that identify and comprise additionally issues of present study curiosity. this might now not be attainable anymore. A standard-sized e-book on formal languages might both need to remain on a reasonably low point in any other case be really expert and constrained to a few slender area of the sphere. The setup turns into vastly diverse in a set of contributions, the place the simplest specialists on the planet subscribe to forces, each one of them concentrat­ ing on their lonesome components of specialization. the current three-volume guide constitutes the sort of designated assortment. In those 3 volumes we current the present state-of-the-art in formal language thought. We have been so much chuffed with the enthusiastic reaction given to our request for contributions by means of experts representing quite a few subfields. the necessity for a guide of Formal Languages used to be in lots of solutions expressed in numerous methods: as an simply available his­ torical reference, a basic resource of data, an total course-aid, and a compact number of fabric for self-study. we're confident that the ultimate consequence will fulfill such quite a few wishes. the idea of formal languages constitutes the stem or spine of the sector of technological know-how now commonly known as theoretical computing device technology.

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As we explained above, queries that are intrinsically tied to the syntax and static semantics of the programming language under analysis may benefit from the fact that Neon and the compiler are written in the same language, because we can then use parts of the compiler directly in Neon. In a situation where this is not the case, there are several possibilities: – to reverse engineer parts of the compiler, implement these in Haskell and use them from Neon, – to instrument the compiler (as in the Perl example), or – to reverse engineer Neon in the language the compiler was built in.

This complements formal approaches such as ontological analysis that are used to evaluate semantics of notations. The practical contribution of this paper is that it provides a theoretically and empirically sound basis for improving the cognitive effectiveness of the UML visual notations. This will improve communication with business stakeholders (which is currently a major weakness) as well as design and problem solving performance. Cognitive effectiveness supports both these purposes as it optimises representations for processing by the human mind.

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