[Oberon] Fwd: Re: Re: Question about Oberon semantics of VAR parameters

Luca Boasso luke.boasso at gmail.com
Sat Dec 7 08:41:52 CET 2019

To the best of my knowledge, that undocumented feature is the only
(intentionally) missing type rule in my document.
The type system described is a slight superset of the one implement by the
original Oberon-07 RISC compiler.
Let me know if you need clarifications on the document.

oberonc implements all the rules of that document. You can find comments in
the source code referring to the type rules, for example in
https://github.com/lboasso/oberonc/blob/master/src/OJP.Mod at line 216:

  (* Type Rule A, B *)
  PROCEDURE EqualTypes(t0, t1: OJB.Type): BOOLEAN;

On Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 19:05 rochus.keller at bluewin.ch <
rochus.keller at bluewin.ch> wrote:

> Ok, I see, thank you very much.
>  It should be officially documented in any case. I'm implementing my first
> true Oberon validator by just following the language report word by word
> and got tons of inexplicable errors because of rule simply not describe
> there (neither in the tutorial). If I want to be able to successfully parse
> the Oberon System (which seems like an obligatory test case) then I
> consequently have to implement these specialities as well. I'm not very
> good at reading Oberon source code (yet) though, so I would prefer a
> precise and complete language report. Your document is already more
> precise, as it seems.
> Best
> R.
> _______________________________
> From: Luca Boasso
> Sent on: Sat, 07 Dec 2019 03:02:01 +0100
> To: rochus.keller at bluewin.ch
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: [Oberon] Fwd: Re: Re: Question about Oberon semantics of VAR
> parameters
> Those particular examples exploit an undocumented loophole in the type
> system that simplify the writing of lower lever functions. I left that out
> of my document.
> See ORP.Parameter:
> ELSIF (par.type.form = ORB.Array) & (par.type.base = ORB.byteType) &
>           (par.type.len >= 0) & (par.type.size = x.type.size) THEN
>         ORG.VarParam(x, par.type)
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 17:45 rochus.keller at bluewin.ch <
> rochus.keller at bluewin.ch> wrote:
> This is a very helpful document indeed, thank you very much.
> But as it seems it doesn't explain my originally intended examples, e.g
> FileDir.Mod line 61 or Files.Mod line 104 (the first reported one was
> unfortunately my mishap, sorry).
> Best
> R.
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