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* [ANN] Guile-SMC 0.6.3 released
@ 2023-12-04  3:27 Artyom V. Poptsov
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From: Artyom V. Poptsov @ 2023-12-04  3:27 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Hello Guilers,

I'm pleased to announce Guile State Machine Compiler (Guile-SMC), version
0.6.3:
  https://github.com/artyom-poptsov/guile-smc/releases/tag/v0.6.3

This release adds support for PlantUML multi-line comments and "hide"
blocks, and also fixes bugs.

Please see the list of notable changes below.

Guile-SMC 0.6.3 is backward-compatible with 0.6.0, 0.6.1 and 0.6.2.


* What is Guile-SMC?

Guile-SMC is a state machine compiler that allows to describe finite
state machines (FSMs) in Scheme in terms of transition tables.  It is
capable to generate such transition tables from a PlantUML state
diagrams. [1]

Some of the key features:
- A transition table can be verified and checked for dead-ends and
  infinite loops.
- Guile-SMC FSMs gather statistics when they run (steps/transitions);
  the statistics can be used can be used to compare/analyze FSMs..
- There's an FSM profiler that runs on FSMs trace logs.  The profiler
  output shows how much time the FSM spends in each state.  This can be
  useful for optimization.
- The state machine compiler supports three "targets" for compilation: a
  regular "guile" target where the output FSM depends on Guile-SMC;
  "guile-standalone" target that produce an FSM that does not depend on
  Guile-SMC.
- Guile-SMC allows to run a FSM on-the-fly with a single "smc run"
  command -- see the docs and the examples for more information.
- Common context code for parsers that work with characters or bytes.
  This includes special data structures to provide memory for FSMs
  (although it is not required to use them; FSMs can use custom
  procedures and data structures.)

Guile-SMC comes with a Scheme program called 'smc' -- a state machine
compiler itself.  It produces a Scheme code for an FSM from the PlantUML
format.  This tool is meant to be called on a PlantUML file when a
program with a FSM is being built (for example, from a Makefile.)

I'm hoping that it will ease the burden of writing format parsers and
other useful GNU Guile libraries for the community.


* User-visible changes

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
* Version 0.6.3 (2023-12-02)
** PlantUML parser now handles multi-line comments
** =(smc context functional char)=: Bugfix
=pre-action= procedure would increment the row counter even when the input
event is not a newline character.  Now the procedure counts rows properly.
** Skip "hide" blocks in state diagrams
For example, the following code will be ignored by the PlantUML parser:
#+BEGIN_EXAMPLE
hide empty description
#+END_EXAMPLE
** Allow to use "end legend" syntax for "legend" blocks
** Improve error reporting in the PlantUML parser
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---


* Usage examples

- Guile-INI -- INI[2] format parser:
  https://github.com/artyom-poptsov/guile-ics
- Guile-ICS -- iCalendar (RFC 5545) and vCard (RFC 6350) parser:
  https://github.com/artyom-poptsov/guile-ics
- Guile-PNG -- Pure Scheme Portable Network Graphics (PNG, RFC 2083)
  library:
  https://github.com/artyom-poptsov/guile-png
- Guile-DSV -- Pure scheme CSV/DSV library and a console tool:
  https://github.com/artyom-poptsov/guile-dsv

Happy hacking,

- Artyom

References:
1: https://plantuml.com/state-diagram
2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INI_file

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