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I changed these files to make it happen:


You can ignore the following files that I had to change because they are part of my test suite:


In general, these are the changes I had to make:

  • StringTemplate -> ST
  • StringTemplateGroup -> STGroup
  • setAttribute() -> add()
  • import org.antlr.stringtemplate.StringTemplate; ->
    import org.stringtemplate.v4.ST;
  • anST.getInstanceOf() -> new ST(anST); the only difference here is that the v4 version copies all of the attributes from anST to the new one.
  • references to $...$ become \<...>
  • kill import org.antlr.stringtemplate.language.*;
  • convert references to toString() to render(); note that there are a number of places that get toString() called implicitly. For example, in the ST.stg files, I converted replaceTextInLine() template to call render() explicitly:
      input.LT(-1).getTokenIndex(),;  <--------------- was just
  • new StringTemplateGroup("<name>Templates", AngleBracketTemplateLexer.class) creates a named group; we don't name them in v4 so that becomes new STGroup().

So, in a nutshell, there are a few changes in one runtime support file for generating DOT from trees. All of the magic happens in the ST.stg file, if your target supports output=template option. Here is a play-by-play:

  • change the imports to the new package for ST
  • change the members of a rules return scope to use ST not StringTemplate. Also change toString() method to call render.
  • we need a blank library of templates to avoid a null pointer if someone forgets to set the library. change:
    protected StringTemplateGroup templateLib =
      new StringTemplateGroup("<name>Templates", AngleBracketTemplateLexer.class);
    protected STGroup templateLib = new STGroup();
  • get rid of the definition of STAttrMap altogether; we don't need it anymore because ST.add() it allows us to chain calls to add multiple attributes as part of a single expression.
  • the previous item lets us convert:
    rewriteExternalTemplate(name,args) ::= <<
      new STAttrMap()<args:{a | .put("<>", <a.value>)}>
    rewriteExternalTemplate(name,args) ::= <<
      <if(args)><args:{a | .add("<>", <a.value>)}><endif>
    There are three methods like that.

If you look at an ST.stg difference, there's not much to do. (smile)

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