Tony Sloane


Tony Sloane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His research interests are in compiler generation, programming language implementation, programming environments and tools. He is the leader of the Kiama project that aims to transfer research results from software language engineering and functional programming to the developer community.

YOW! Lambda Jam 2013 Brisbane

Kiama: Domain-Specific Languages for Language Implementation in Scala


In this talk we give an overview of our Kiama language processing library ( for Scala. Kiama-based programs use high-level domain-specific languages to describe structured input for parsing, static analysis of programs via attribute grammars, program transformation via rewriting, and output using pretty printing. We describe how Kiama works and illustrate some typical language processing tasks by implementing a version of the lambda calculus, the prototypical functional programming language.

Kiama: Domain-Specific Languages for Language Implementation in Scala


This workshop complements the earlier talk about Kiama and a Kiama-based implementation of the lambda calculus. We will go into more depth about how Kiama works, the features that Scala provides to make the implementation easy, and how the lambda calculus implementation uses Kiama and Scala. We will walk through some extensions to the basic implementation to reinforce the key ideas. Our aim is to provide participants with a platform for exploration of Kiama and the lambda calculus, as well as guidance for using Scala to implement other domain-specific languages.