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Release Name: tom-2.4

Release Notes
Tom 2.4 announcement
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It is our great privilege and pleasure to announce the availability of
Tom version 2.4.

This release continues our work on the integration of pattern matching
and rule based programming facilities into C and Java.

Tom is a pattern matching compiler developed at INRIA. It is
particularly well-suited for programming various transformations on
trees/terms and XML based documents. Its design follows our research on
the efficient compilation of rule based languages (e.g. ELAN, developed
at INRIA-Loria).

Many applications have been developed in Tom. Among them, let us mention:
 - the Tom compiler itself
 - languages semantics, interpreters and program transformation tools
 - a Just In Time strategy compiler using dynamic Java bytecode
   transformation
 - a generator of canonical abstract syntax trees (Gom)
 - a proof assistant for supernatural deduction
 - a compiler algorithm for anti-pattern matching and disunification

Tom is a complex compiler which adds powerful constructs to C and Java:
non linear syntactic matching, associative matching with neutral element
(a.k.a. list-matching), XML based pattern matching, string matching, and
equational rewriting.
This offers the possibility to analyze and transform any kind of
data-structure. Tom can be used for large scale developments and
applications. It comes with documentation, programming, and debugging
support. 

This new release contains many improvements and new features:
  - Anti-Patterns:
    Tom now supports not only pattern matching, but also anti-pattern
    matching. For example, the patterns (_*,!a(),_*) denotes a list
    which contains at least one element different from a(). In a similar
    way, !(_*,a(),_*) denotes a list which does not contain any a().

  - Reflexive Strategies:
    A strategy is now a term that can be matched like any other term.
    This allows to dynamically build or transform a strategy at runtime.

  - Congruence Strategies:
    Gom generates new elementary congruence and constructions
    strategies. This allows for instance to define the Map operation in
    a easy way: map(s) = _conc(s) 

  - Java Bytecode:
    A support for Java bytecode analysis and transformation is available
    in the runtime library. This allows class loading, bytecode analysis
    and transformation in an algebraic framework.
    Using the strategy language, the control flow graph can be explored
    and visualized using dot.

  - Eclipse Plugin:
    It is back for Eclipse version 3.2.
    It also supports Gom and all new functionalities.
  
Tom is available, in open source (GPL/BSD License), from the web page:

  http://tom.loria.fr

  Best regards,
  Tom development team