Parsing Text into Joy Expressions

TODO: example…


This module exports a single function for converting text to a joy expression as well as a single Symbol class and a single Exception type.

The Symbol string class is used by the interpreter to recognize literals by the fact that they are not Symbol objects.

A crude grammar:

joy = term*
term = int | float | string | '[' joy ']' | symbol

A Joy expression is a sequence of zero or more terms. A term is a literal value (integer, float, string, or Joy expression) or a function symbol. Function symbols are unquoted strings and cannot contain square brackets. Terms must be separated by blanks, which can be omitted around square brackets.

exception joy.parser.ParseError[source]

Raised when there is a error while parsing text.

class joy.parser.Symbol[source]

A string class that represents Joy function names.


Convert a string to a Joy expression.

When supplied with a string this function returns a Python datastructure that represents the Joy datastructure described by the text expression. Any unbalanced square brackets will raise a ParseError.

Parameters:text (str) – Text to convert.
Return type:stack
Raises:ParseError – if the parse fails.

Parser Internals

TODO: Document things like the regular expressions used for tokenizing, and the re.Scanner, etc…