Saturday, February 9, 2019

Release 8.0 of ParaSail Interpreter, Compiler, and Debugger

Finally, at long last a new release of ParaSail.  This new release incorporates an interactive debugger that is automatically invoked when the interpreter encounters an assertion, precondition, or postcondition that fails at run-time.  This is also the first release where pre- and postconditions are fully analyzed, and checked at run-time.  Finally, this has one modest enhancement to the ParaSail syntax -- "interpolation" of the value of an expression directly into a string literal.  For example:

   Println("The value of X + Y is `(X + Y).");

The back-quote character followed by a parenthesized expression may now appear within a string literal, and the value of the expression is "interpolated" into the middle of the string, in place of the back-quoted expression.  Hence, presume X is 31 and Y is 11, the above will print:

   The value of X + Y is 42.

In any case, here is the new release:

It is a "zip" archive of sources and binaries for Mac, Linux, and Windows.  Mac and Linux include executable binaries for a bootstrapped LLVM-generating ParaSail compiler.  Windows only contains the executable binaries for the ParaSail interpreter.

The web page for ParaSail has also been updated:

From a documentation point of view, the most exciting news is that we have just published a full description of the ParaSail language in the new academic "Programming Journal":

Please take a look at this article to see a comprehensive description of ParaSail, and how it fits into the world of programming language design.

Here is the latest reference manual (which is also linked from the ParaSail web page, and included in the "zip" archive for release 8.0):

We will be posting some follow-up blog entries about some of the new features in this release, in particular the debugger, and the implementation of postconditions that require automatically saving some values only available on entry to an operation.


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