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DScheme, An Imbedable Interpreter

  • Alfred Kayser
  • Jan van Oorschot

Abstract

This article describes the design and development of a data description language (DDL). The main purpose of this language is to provide an uniform syntax for data files spread on decentralized systems. The Data Network Performance Analyzing Project (DNPAP) group is currently building such a decentralized system. Its main purpose to collect, store and analyze network measurement and configuration files. The DDL described in this article is developed to ensure that all data files are self-documenting, system independent and readable by man and computer. DDL will also be used as the query language for the DNPAP data base system.

DDL is build on a subset of Scheme, to avoid the design of a complete new language. An imbedable Scheme interpreter called DScheme (Delft Scheme) is written to parse and evaluate data stored in DDL. DScheme meets the following requirements: small, system-independent, extensible in C and linkabie to applications. The DScheme language can serve as an universal language for data, control and definition files in a distributed environment.

Keywords

Data File Configuration File Computer Language Measurement Program Scheme Interpreter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred Kayser
    • 1
  • Jan van Oorschot
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical Engineering Laboratory of Computer Architecture and Digital TechniqueDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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