Welcome to Spirit
Spirit is a set of C++ libraries for parsing and output generation
implemented as Domain Specific Embedded Languages (DSEL) using Expression templates and Template Meta-Programming. The Spirit libraries enable a
target grammar to be written exclusively in C++. Inline grammar
specifications can mix freely with other C++ code and, thanks to the
generative power of C++ templates, are immediately executable.
Spirit is part of Boost Libraries, a
peer-reviewed, open collaborative development effort.
May ’10 16
Yes, we were tempted to call our second BoostCon talk ‘Design and Evolution’, but we decided to to be modest. We wanted to give a very brief overview of the way Spirit has evolved over the last decade. While talking about a period of time this long in 90 minutes has to be very brief we nevertheless tried to highlight the main stepping stones and milestones in Spirits development. For me, developing the slides for ‘Spirit: History and Evolution’ was real fun: looking through ancient email archives, re-reading key private conversations, and realizing that most of the ideas implemented today have been already in place from the early years. All of this was exciting. To some extent, this even turned out to be educational.
I have to admit I was not sure how people would react to this kind of talk. It was not one of the usual, sophisticated, well thought through, and cutting edge presentations normally seen at BoostCon. This talk was merely a conversation with the attendees about Boost’s history guided by Spirits evolution. In the end I was relieved to see people reacted positively. Some came to me afterwards saying they enjoyed listening. For all of you not being at BoostCon, here are the slides: Spirit: History and Evolution.
May ’10 13
Michael Caisse (of Object Modeling Designs), some of you will know him from the Freenode #boost IRC channel, presented his talk about Spirit at BoostCon 2010 last Tuesday. I personally very much like listening to his knowledgeable and entertaining presentations. Apparently many people do so as well, the room he presented in was overfull. People even sat on the floor as all seats were taken. So in case you are interested – here is a link to his slides: Using Spirit V2: Qi and Karma.
May ’10 11
Finally, yesterday was the day! Joel and I presented the current status of our work related to the ‘Writing a Compiler’ effort. We submitted this talk to BoostCon 2010 and got accepted back in January. Having to present at BoostCon just put a nice pressure onto us to get moving and to start working on the project. I don’t want to go into any detail about the presentation itself. This will be done in future articles to be published after BoostCon. I just wanted to provide a link to the slides for those interested in having a look. Ok, here we go: A Framework for RAD Spirit, grab it while it’s hot!
May ’10 08
Finally, the long wait and the preparations for BoostCon 2010 are over. The last weeks were dominated by writing the code and creating the slides for our talk ‘A Framework for RAD Spirit‘. Regular readers of this site probably have already wondered why we have been inactive here since mid-March. Well, that is mainly because of preparing for BoostCon turned out to be too time consuming to leave any room for writing posts and articles.
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