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Mon Jan 28 00:18:03 2002 UTC (19 years, 4 months ago) by leunga
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     The 'nowhere' program generator (which translates programs
     with where clauses into legal SML) is now an installation target.
What is in this directory
This directory contains the source to 'nowhere'.
This is a simple source to source translation tool that expands out 
case expressions with conditional patterns.
Conditional patterns use the "where" keyword.  For example:

    case l of
      [x,y,z] where x=1 => 1
    | _ => 2

means the same as:

    case l of
      [1,y,z] => 1
    | _ => 2
   Currently, the input file must be of the following form:


<definitions> should include all datatypes definitions that are used inside the 
<body>.  It is only for the tool's benefit and does not appear in the output.
Only <body> appears at the output.  You can use the special declaration 

     include "filename"

to import extra definitions.

The tool translates all case expressions with guards into the appropriate code.  
How to compile the tool

   In sml (version 110.30+), type

     use "build.sml"

   This will create an image named:


How to run it

    To run it, type:

       sml @SMLload=nowhere infile

    on the Unix command line

    The output will be written to a file with suffix 'sml'.
    The input file should have a different suffix.

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