Computer Science Division
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720
Berkeley Pascal is designed for interactive instructional use and runs on the PDP 11 computer family. A version of px for the VAX 11/780 is nearly complete. The interpreter px executes the Pascal binaries generated by the Pascal translator pi .
The PX Implementation Notes describe the overall organization of px , detail the various operations of the interpreter, with a special section describing the file input/output structure. Conclusions are given as to the viability of an interpreter based approach to language implementation for an instructional environment.
Computer Science Division Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California 94720
This PX Implementation Notes consists of four major parts. The first part outlines the overall organization of px . Section 2 describes the operations (instructions) of the interpreter while section 3 focuses on input/output related activity. A final section gives conclusions about the viability of an interpreter based approach to language implementation for instruction.
The PXP Implementation Notes give details of the internals of the execution profiler pxp; parts of the interpreter related to pxp are discussed in section 2.10. A paper describing the syntactic error recovery mechanism used in pi will be presented at the ACM Conference on Compiler Construction in Boulder Colorado in August, 1979.
This version of px is heavily based on an earlier px which was designed and implemented by Ken Thompson, the author of the first Berkeley Pascal system. Without his work, this Berkeley Pascal system would never have existed. Charles Haley, who collaborated with the author on this project, wrote some of the more difficult input/output routines in this version of px, and helped to debug it all. His assistance in teaching this author about UNIX and Pascal is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated. The author would also like to thank his faculty advisor Susan L. Graham for her encouragement, her helpful comments and suggestions relating to Berkeley Pascal and her excellent editorial assistance.
* The financial support of the National Science Foundation under grants MCS74-07644-A03 and MCS78-07291 and of an IBM Graduate Fellowship are gratefully acknowledged.