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Interface CharStream

All Known Implementing Classes:
ASCII_CharStream

public interface CharStream

This interface describes a character stream that maintains line and column number positions of the characters. It also has the capability to backup the stream to some extent. An implementation of this interface is used in the TokenManager implementation generated by JavaCCParser. All the methods except backup can be implemented in any fashion. backup needs to be implemented correctly for the correct operation of the lexer. Rest of the methods are all used to get information like line number, column number and the String that constitutes a token and are not used by the lexer. Hence their implementation won't affect the generated lexer's operation.


Method Summary
 void backup(int amount)
          Backs up the input stream by amount steps.
 char BeginToken()
          Returns the next character that marks the beginning of the next token.
 void Done()
          The lexer calls this function to indicate that it is done with the stream and hence implementations can free any resources held by this class.
 int getBeginColumn()
          Returns the column number of the first character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).
 int getBeginLine()
          Returns the line number of the first character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).
 int getColumn()
          Deprecated.  
 int getEndColumn()
          Returns the column number of the last character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).
 int getEndLine()
          Returns the line number of the last character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).
 java.lang.String GetImage()
          Returns a string made up of characters from the marked token beginning to the current buffer position.
 int getLine()
          Deprecated.  
 char[] GetSuffix(int len)
          Returns an array of characters that make up the suffix of length 'len' for the currently matched token.
 char readChar()
          Returns the next character from the selected input.
 

Method Detail

readChar

public char readChar()
              throws java.io.IOException
Returns the next character from the selected input. The method of selecting the input is the responsibility of the class implementing this interface. Can throw any java.io.IOException.

getColumn

public int getColumn()
Deprecated.  

Returns the column position of the character last read.
See Also:
getEndColumn()

getLine

public int getLine()
Deprecated.  

Returns the line number of the character last read.
See Also:
getEndLine()

getEndColumn

public int getEndColumn()
Returns the column number of the last character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).

getEndLine

public int getEndLine()
Returns the line number of the last character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).

getBeginColumn

public int getBeginColumn()
Returns the column number of the first character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).

getBeginLine

public int getBeginLine()
Returns the line number of the first character for current token (being matched after the last call to BeginTOken).

backup

public void backup(int amount)
Backs up the input stream by amount steps. Lexer calls this method if it had already read some characters, but could not use them to match a (longer) token. So, they will be used again as the prefix of the next token and it is the implemetation's responsibility to do this right.

BeginToken

public char BeginToken()
                throws java.io.IOException
Returns the next character that marks the beginning of the next token. All characters must remain in the buffer between two successive calls to this method to implement backup correctly.

GetImage

public java.lang.String GetImage()
Returns a string made up of characters from the marked token beginning to the current buffer position. Implementations have the choice of returning anything that they want to. For example, for efficiency, one might decide to just return null, which is a valid implementation.

GetSuffix

public char[] GetSuffix(int len)
Returns an array of characters that make up the suffix of length 'len' for the currently matched token. This is used to build up the matched string for use in actions in the case of MORE. A simple and inefficient implementation of this is as follows : { String t = GetImage(); return t.substring(t.length() - len, t.length()).toCharArray(); }

Done

public void Done()
The lexer calls this function to indicate that it is done with the stream and hence implementations can free any resources held by this class. Again, the body of this function can be just empty and it will not affect the lexer's operation.