Alex Carney

Creating a CPython Extension

Previously, as part of my exploration into how programming languages are implemented, I wrote a very simple AST evaluator that knew how to add and multiply floats together. Since constructing these ASTs by hand is quite painful I thought it would be fun to come up with a frontend to my “programming language” which could do it for me.

Now your typical frontend would be some kind of parser built into the compiler/interpreter. However, while I’m definitely interested in parsing I don’t quite feel like tackling that just yet. Instead I’m going to have Python be the frontend and embed my toy language into it via a CPython Extension

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Evaluating a Simple Abstract Syntax Tree

Programming languages and their implementation is a topic I’ve been interested in for a long time and I thought it would be worth trying to get a bit more hands on and play with some of the ideas in this space. Choosing a topic somewhat at random I’ve chosen to take a look at implementing an Abstract Syntax Tree (AST).

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