Popularity
7.6
Stable
Activity
1.5
-
1,783
119
195

Programming language: C#
License: MIT License
Tags: Misc     Parser Library    

Sprache alternatives and similar packages

Based on the "Parser Library" category.
Alternatively, view Sprache alternatives based on common mentions on social networks and blogs.

Do you think we are missing an alternative of Sprache or a related project?

Add another 'Parser Library' Package

README

Sprache Sprache tag on Stack Overflow Join the chat at https://gitter.im/sprache/Sprache NuGet Build status

Sprache is a simple, lightweight library for constructing parsers directly in C# code.

It doesn't compete with "industrial strength" language workbenches - it fits somewhere in between regular expressions and a full-featured toolset like ANTLR.

Sprache

Usage

Unlike most parser-building frameworks, you use Sprache directly from your program code, and don't need to set up any build-time code generation tasks. Sprache itself is a single tiny assembly.

A simple parser might parse a sequence of characters:

// Parse any number of capital 'A's in a row
var parseA = Parse.Char('A').AtLeastOnce();

Sprache provides a number of built-in functions that can make bigger parsers from smaller ones, often callable via Linq query comprehensions:

Parser<string> identifier =
    from leading in Parse.WhiteSpace.Many()
    from first in Parse.Letter.Once().Text()
    from rest in Parse.LetterOrDigit.Many().Text()
    from trailing in Parse.WhiteSpace.Many()
    select first + rest;

var id = identifier.Parse(" abc123  ");

Assert.AreEqual("abc123", id);

Examples and Tutorials

The best place to start is this introductory article.

Examples included with the source demonstrate:

Tutorials explaining Sprache:

Real-world parsers built with Sprache:

Background

Parser combinators are covered extensively on the web. The original paper describing the monadic implementation by Graham Hutton and Eric Meijer is very readable. Sprache was originally written by Nicholas Blumhardt and grew out of some exercises in Hutton's Haskell book.

The implementation of Sprache draws on ideas from: