Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

New & Official ANTLR Development Environment is Now on NetBeans

Terence Parr, the ANTLR guy, sent out an e-mail a couple of days ago, starting with these words: "After 25 years, I think I've finally got the parser generator I've been looking for! Sam Harwell, ANTLR co-author, and I are very pleased to announce the release of ANTLR v4."

He continues: "Sam has built a really nice development environment based upon NetBeans, ANTLRWorks v2." And here's what it looks like:

It's cool, very powerful, and absolutely free. More info about the above is here:

http://tunnelvisionlabs.com/products/demo/antlrworks

"This IDE is a sophisticated editor for ANTLR v3/v4 grammars as well as StringTemplate templates. It can run the ANTLR tool to generate recognizers and can run the TestRig (grun on command line) to test grammars."

Note that a NetBeans plugin for NetBeans IDE 7.3 Beta 2 is also available, as described in the above link.

The usage of the NetBeans Platform as the basis of the new ANTLR development environment should not come as a surprise to anyone who reads this blog entry by Terence Parr in 2011:

http://www.antlr.org/wiki/display/~admin/2011/10/09/Report+of+GUI%27s+death+greatly+exaggerated

Congratulations to the ANTLR Team for this great step forward!

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.

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