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Marpa::R3::Semantics::Phases - Phases of SLIF parse evaluation

Overview of the semantic phases ^

Most users will not need to read this document. Most applications will find that the order in which the SLIF executes its semantics "just works". This document describes that order in detail. These details can matter in some applications, for example, those which exploit side effects. And some readers may also find this background material to be helpful.

Parse trees and parse series ^

Because Marpa allows ambiguous parsing, each parse can produce a parse series -- a series of zero or more parse trees, each with its own parse result. The first call to the SLIF recognizer's value() method after the recognizer is created is the start of the first parse series, and Parse Series Setup Phase takes place at this point.

The first parse series continues until there is a call to the series_restart() method or until the recognizer is destroyed. An application is usually interested in only one parse series.

The series_restart() method starts a new parse series. The Parse Series Setup Phase for that parse series will take place during the next call of the SLIF recognizer's value() method.

Summary of the phases ^

While processing a parse series, we have:

While processing a parse tree, we have:

Node Evaluation Time is the Tree Traversal Phase, as seen from the point of view of each rule node. It is not a separate phase.

Parse Series Setup Phase ^

During the Parse Series Setup Phase all action names are resolved to actions -- Perl scalars or rule evaluation closures. The rule evaluation closures are not called in the Parse Series Setup Phase. They will be called later, in the Parse Tree Traversal Phase. Also, during the Parse Series Setup Phase, the logic which ranks parse trees is executed.

Parse Tree Setup Phase ^

In the Parse Tree Setup Phase, the per-parse argument is created. If a per-parse constructor was found, it is run at this point, and the per-parse argument is its return value. Exactly one Parse Tree Setup Phase occurs for each parse tree.

Parse Tree Traversal Phase ^

During the Parse Tree Traversal Phase, the rule evaluation closures are called. Node Evaluation Time is the Parse Tree Traversal Phase, as seen from the point of view of the individual nodes of the parse tree.

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