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This is an old revision of BasicSyntax made by DavidLee on 2008-04-20 08:52:25.


Basic Syntax

xmlsh is derived from a similar syntax as the unix shells (see Philosophy). If you are familiar with any of these shell languages (sh,bash,ksh,zsh) you should be right at home. An attempt was made to stay very close to the sh syntax where reasonable, but not all subtlies or features of the unix shells are implemented. In order to accomidate native XML types and pipelines some deviations and extensions were necessary. Lastly, as an implementation issue, xmlsh is implemented in java using the javacc compiler for parsing. This made support for some of the syntax and features of the C based shells difficult or impossible. Future work may try to tighten up these issues.

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