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From Jesper Steen Møller <>
Subject Groovy grammar ambiguity / question
Date Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:22:07 GMT
Hi List

I’ve yet to fully understand the rules behind the parenthesis-less method invocation syntax.
Basically, it seems that while parenthesis-less method invocation (“command style”) can
sometimes be used as an expression, it’s not universally so.

I’d like to understand whether this is a merely an oversight or due to the current state
of affairs in the parser, or intentional.

	int a = b c
This is legal and equivalent to
	int a = b(c)
	a = b c
Works fine, too, letting “b c” be a valid expression.
However, the following:
	if (b c) {
		// Stuff
Gives an error:
	expecting ‘)’, found ‘c’ at line: 1, column: 11

So, is the “command” syntax a special pseudo-expression, and if so, where is it allowed?
Only by itself (“statement”), and as the RHS og assignments and initializers?

I’d like to know this as it could get real nasty, depending on the answer, since allowing
it everywhere will introduce some ambiguities, which will require some tweaks to keep the
“non-left-recursion refactored” grammar we have now.

Also, great news:
Daniel Sun has started contributing fixes, submitting PR’s against the fork at
<> - he’s quite productive, thanks!

For coordination, I’ve started tracking some of the known “things to do” at


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