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Compatibility is a complex issue, but we do our best in maintaining three types of compatibilities between two sequential versions of SSLR ( e.g. between 1.17 and 1.18, but not between 1.16 and 1.18 ):

  • binary compatibility: we don't guarantee that your code can be linked with new version without recompilation, however for most releases this might be possible;
  • source compatibility: in most cases (see below) you should be able to recompile your code with newer version of SSLR without any changes;
  • behavioral compatibility: in most cases (see below) your code will behave exactly as with previous version of SSLR without any changes.

We can't guarantee that your code can be compiled or linked with new version of SSLR and will behave exactly as before upgrade in following situations:

  • You use internal classes or interfaces, i.e. those that are located under package "org.sonar.sslr.internal".
  • You create instances or subclasses of classes, which are not intended for this. Such classes are marked by Javadoc ("This class is not intended to be instantiated or sub-classed by clients").
  • You implement interfaces, which are not intended for this. Such interfaces are marked by Javadoc ("This interface is not intended to be implemented by clients").
  • You use methods marked as internal. Such methods are marked by annotation "@VisibleForTesting" or by Javadoc ("For internal use only").
  • You use beta code. Such code is marked by annotation "@Beta".
  • You use deprecated code. Such code is marked by annotation "@Deprecated" and Javadoc.

Thus it's highly recommended to not jump over two versions at once, but perform upgrades in several steps - by one version per step. And such step should include removal of uses of deprecated code. Recommended way to do one step is:

  1. Recompile your code with next version of SSLR. If it can't be compiled, then don't hesitate to inform us about this.
  2. Check notes on release and upgrade about existence of behavioral incompatibilities (see below). If any, then you should fix them by following instructions in notes. Good coverage of your code by unit tests is highly recommended (Sonar can help you to enforce this), so you will be able to perform tests to verify that it behaves exactly as before upgrade. If not, then don't hesitate to ask help.
  3. Remove uses of deprecated code by following instructions from Javadocs (Sonar can help you to find such code). And don't forget to execute tests to verify that regressions were not introduced by such changes.

Sincerely yours, SonarSource Language Team.

Upgrade Guide

SSLR 1.17

  • Behavioral: UnknownCharacterChannel can't be used to consume BOM character - use new BOMCharacterChannel.
  • Behavioral: In grammars for lexerless parsing no need to use "GrammarOperators.token", but mandatory to use "GrammarOperators.commentTrivia" for comments and "GrammarOperators.skippedTrivia" for white spaces.
  • Deprecation: Some methods for navigation in AstNode. Especially pay attention on "hasChildren" and "findChildren".
  • Deprecation: The toolkit parser and list of tokenizers is no more provided to the constructor of the "Toolkit" class. Instead, one must extend the "AbstractConfigurationModel" class, where the "doGetParser()" and "doGetTokenizer()" methods will be called when a parser for the current configuration is needed.
  • Distribution of Toolkit should embed "" instead of "" and thus it will have bigger size.

SSLR 1.16

  • Deprecation: Replace "GrammarFunctions.Standard.or(" by "GrammarFunctions.Standard.firstOf(". In most cases you should be able to do this by using "find text and replace".
  • Deprecation: Replace hamcrest matchers by fest-assertions. In order to quickly replace all assertThat(p, parse("XXXXXX")); by assertThat(p).matches("XXXXXXX"); you can use the following regular expression to do a search and replace (tested in Eclipse by Julien Henry):
    • Find: (?s)assertThat\(p\,\sparse\((.*?)\)\)\;
    • Replace with: assertThat(p).matches($1);
    • You can do the same for notParse => notMatches

SSLR 1.15

  • Source: Replace artifactId "sslr-devkit" by "sslr-toolkit".

SSLR 1.14

  • Behavioral: Memoization is optional and should be explicitly enabled, if this is required for your grammar. For example this is the case for C#, C, JavaScript, Python grammars.


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