This chapter focus on the following topics:
A context-free grammar is a set of recursive rewriting rules (or productions) used to generate patterns of strings. Context-free grammars are often used to define the syntax of programming languages.
A parse tree displays the structure used by a grammar to generate an input string. Parse trees are typically used within a compiler to give structure to an input program in terms of the syntactic rules used to define valid programs.
A parser is an algorithm that determines if a given input string is in a correct sentence in a given language (and, as a side-effect, usually produces a parse tree for the input). There is a procedure for generating a parser of a given context-free grammar.
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