Eli Version 4.0 announcement

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11 Apr 1996 23:46:29 -0400

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From: kadhim@cs.colorado.edu (Basim Kadhim)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 11 Apr 1996 23:46:29 -0400
Organization: Dept. of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
Keywords: tools, available, FTP

Version 4.0 of the Eli compiler construction system is now available
via anonymous ftp. Complete system documentation is also available in
PostScript. This release has been tested on the following machine/os
combinations (reported by "uname"):

      Sun workstation running SunOS 4.1.x using Sun C compiler
      Sun workstation (Solaris) running SunOS 5.[45] using cc version SC3.01
      Sun workstation (Solaris) running SunOS 5.[45] using gcc version 2.7.2
      HP 9000/715 running HP-UX Version A, Release A.09.05 using cc
      SGI, IP20 running IRIX Release 5.3 using cc
      PC-i586 running Linux 1.3.59 using gcc version 2.7.2
      DECstation5000 running OSF/1 V3.2 alpha using cc

Eli integrates off-the-shelf tools and libraries with specialized
language processors to generate complete compilers quickly and
reliably. It simplifies the development of new special-purpose
languages, implementation of existing languages on new hardware and
extension of the constructs and features of existing languages. More
information is available for World-Wide Web users via Eli's web pages:

(United States)

A paper outlining an early version of the system appeared in the
February, 1992 issue of "Communications of the ACM" (pages 121-131).
The following are additional references which pertain to the Eli

U. Kastens and W. M. Waite, "Modularity and Reusability in Attribute
Grammars", Acta Informatica, Volume 31, 1994, 601-627.

W. M. Waite, "An Executable Language Definition", ACM SIGPLAN Notices,
Volume 28(2), February, 1993, 21-40.

W. M. Waite, "FORTRAN Lexical Analysis Specification", Arbeitspapier
816, Gesellschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung, Sankt Augustin,
Germany, January 1994.

U. Kastens, "Attribute Grammars in a Compiler Construction Environment",
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 545, Springer, 1991.

U. Kastens, "Executable Specifications for Language Implementation",
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 714, Springer, 1993.

Version 4.0 uses a much newer version of Odin (the build system on
which Eli is based). This new version of Odin includes some
differences in the request language as well as features such as
interactive command-line editing and history and builds on multiple
hosts. Version 4.0 of Eli also includes improved and redesigned
execution monitoring facilities that allow for display of an abstract
syntax tree among other things. The module library, that provides
canned solutions to a wide range of problems, has been restructured
and enhanced. Users from prior versions are strongly encouraged to
view the "news" node in the on-line documentation or follow the
"what's new?" link from Eli's web pages to aid in migrating their
existing specifications to the new version.

A mailing list devoted to discussions about Eli, announcements of bug
fixes, new features and releases and so on is available. If you would
like to be added to the eli mailing list, send a message with the body
"subscribe eli" to "majordomo@cs.colorado.edu". The address of the
list itself is "eli@cs.colorado.edu"; all mail of general interest to
the Eli community should be sent to this address. Error reports and
requests for help with specific problems should be sent to

To obtain a copy of Eli over the network, either follow the "How can I
obtain a copy of Eli?" link from Eli's home page or use ftp to access
one of the following sites. If you use ftp, log on as "anonymous" and
give your net address when a password is requested. Then change to
the indicated directory and transfer the files you desire (remember
that compressed files, whose names end in ".Z" or ".gz", must be
transferred in binary mode):

      ftp.cs.colorado.edu, directory /pub/cs/distribs/eli
      ftp.uni-paderborn.de, directory /unix/eli
      ftp.cs.jcu.edu.au, directory /users/ASloane/eli

The Eli development team is best contacted via the mail alias
"elibugs@cs.colorado.edu". Because of our distribution around the
globe, mail to this alias is generally answered within a short time 24
hours per day. We can also be reached individually:

Prof. W. M. Waite
      Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
      University of Colorado
      Boulder, CO 80309-0425

      Phone: +1(303)492-7204
      Fax: +1(303)492-2758


Prof. Dr. U. Kastens
      Universitaet Paderborn
      FB17 Mathematik-Informatik
      Warburger Str. 100
      33098 Paderborn

      Phone: +49-5251-60-2654
      Fax: +49-5251-60-3853


Dr. A. M. Sloane
      Department of Computer Science
      James Cook University
      Townsville, QLD, 4811

      Phone: +61 77 814618
      Fax: +61 77 814029

Basim Kadhim kadhim@cs.colorado.edu
University of Colorado, Boulder

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