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Familiar output mechanism.

A pretty-printing facility is provided that can output the AST in an easily readable format at any time. One strong advantage of this pretty-printer when compared with other systems is that it will always be able to print the AST, regardless of how much of the transformation has been performed. If the AST is in the original input format or the original output format, then the pretty-printed program will probably be executable in the input language, L, or the output language, L'. However, if the AST being printed is one of the Tn intermediate trees, then the output will use some combination of the syntax of L and L', with a fallback to simple S-expressions for AST constructs which do not have well-defined concrete syntax. While the program printed may not be executable, it does use a familiar syntax which may be helpful for the human when replaying transformations while debugging.

Rickard Faith