XTRAN User's Manual

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Chapter 3 ("mini" for demo)

(This chapter revised June 30, 2004)


XTRAN deals with a wide variety of computer languages, including assemblers (2GLs), third generation computer languages such as C and Pascal (3GLs), fourth generation computer languages (4GLs), scripting languages, and markup languages such as HTML and XML.

Assemblers, in fact, were the first category of computer languages with which XTRAN dealt.  XTRAN was originally created in 1984 to translate Digital Equipment Corporation (now Hewlett-Packard) PDP-11 minicomputer assembly code to C.  Since that time, XTRAN has grown tremendously in power, sophistication, and language capabilities.

XTRAN includes facilities for dealing with a wide variety of assembly language features, including operands, addressing modes, and registers.

XTRAN currently accommodates a number of assemblers, including HP (Digital, Compaq) PDP-11 and VAX, IBM Series/1, and Encore (SEL, Gould).