Quick Start

First, we will create the grammar for our parser.

You can read more about the grammar syntax here.


use Phplrt\Compiler\Compiler;

$compiler = new Compiler();
    %token T_DIGIT          \d
    %token T_PLUS           \+
    %token T_MINUS          \-
    %token T_POW            \*
    %token T_DIV            /
    %skip  T_WHITESPACE     \s+
      : <T_DIGIT> (Operator() <T_DIGIT>)* 

      : <T_PLUS>
      | <T_MINUS>
      | <T_POW>
      | <T_DIV>



In order to quickly check the performance of what has been written, you can use the simple parse() method. As a result, it will output the recognized abstract syntax tree along with the predefined AST classes which can be converted to their string representation.


echo $compiler->parse('2 + 2');

// Output:
// <Expression offset="0">
//     <T_DIGIT offset="0">2</T_DIGIT>
//     <Operator offset="2">
//         <T_PLUS offset="2">+</T_PLUS>
//     </Operator>
//     <T_DIGIT offset="4">2</T_DIGIT>
// </Expression>


After your grammar is ready and tested, it should be compiled. After that, you no longer need the phplrt/compiler dependency (see https://phplrt.org/docs/installation#runtime-only).

file_put_contents(__DIR__ . '/grammar.php', (string)$compiler->build());

This file will contain your compiled data that can be used in your custom parser.

use Phplrt\Lexer\Lexer;
use Phplrt\Parser\Parser;
use Phplrt\Parser\BuilderInterface;
use Phplrt\Parser\ContextInterface;

$data = require __DIR__ . '/grammar.php';

// Create Lexer from compiled data.
$lexer = new Lexer($data['tokens']['default'], $data['skip']);

// Create AST builder from compiled data.
$builder = new class($data['reducers']) implements BuilderInterface
    public function __construct(private array $reducers) {}

    public function build(ContextInterface $context, $result)
        $state = $context->getState();

        return isset($this->reducers[$state]))
            ? $this->reducers[$state]($context, $result)
            : $result

// Create Parser from compiled data.
$parser = new Parser($lexer, $data['grammar'], [
    // Recognition will start from the specified rule.
    Parser::CONFIG_INITIAL_RULE => $data['initial'],

    // Rules for the abstract syntax tree builder.
    // In this case, we use the data found in the compiled grammar.
    Parser::CONFIG_AST_BUILDER => $builder,

// Now we are ready to parse any code using the compiled grammar.

$parser->parse(' ..... ');