Does a `state machine generator' exist?

Dave Bodenstab <>
30 May 2000 02:37:35 -0400

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From: Dave Bodenstab <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 30 May 2000 02:37:35 -0400
Organization: Dave's Home Machine
Keywords: lex, question, comment

Is there such a beast as a state machine generator on the order of
lex/yacc? I'd like to define a set of states and actions to take
place on the state transistion for a tool that would generate the
tables and logic to maintain the state. It's not that hard to write
some code that handles a specific instance, but it's a pain to modify
it when one needs to add/change the states. I was wondering if there
is some automated tool to generate the guts from some sort of a
high-level description? Am I making any sense?


Dave Bodenstab
[Since a regular expression is equivalent to a DFA, lex may well do what
you want. -John]

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