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Syntax highlighting with custom Emacs generic mode

I was expecting it to be difficult to get syntax highlighting setup. A quick look on google reveals a truck load of pages on how to do it when searching for “emacs generic mode”.  I’d like the labels to have a different color so they stand out from constants and variables, but this is good enough as it is.

The image to the left is a screen shot of Emacs showing off the highlighting.

The assembler is coming along pretty nicely. Still not sure how I ultimately want to handle looping constructs. I briefly thought about adding a third stack for local variables. I will end up doing that, but it won’t be part of the CPU design.

I’m now up to around 80 instructions. Most of the increase was due to adding in support for signed numbers. I added in some instructions for bit shifting, rotating and directly reading and writing individual bits.

Here’s the highlighting chunk in my emacs init file:

(require 'generic-x)

  '( "add" "sub" "div" "mul" "sadd" "ssub" "sdiv" "smul" 
     "and" "or" "xor" "not" "bsl" "bsr" "sbsl" "sbsr" 
     "bsnl" "bsnr" "sbsnl" "sbsnr" "rotl" "rotr"
     "nop" "inc" "dec" "drop" "dropa" "swap" "roll" 
     "a2d" "d2a" "dup" "push" "pushb" "spushb" "pusha"
     "store" "storei" "storeb" "fetch" "fetchb" "sfetchb"
     "incm" "incmb" "decm" "decmb" "bfetch" "bfetchb"
     "equal" "less" "great" "equalm" "lessm" "greatm" "equalmb"
     "lessmb" "greatmb" "equali" "lessi" "greati" "sless"
     "sgreat" "slessm" "sgreatm" "slessmb" "slessi" "sgreati" 
     "call" "callt" "calli" "callit" "jmp" "jmpt" "jmpi" "jmpit"
     "ret" "halt" "reset" )
    ("*" . 'font-lock-builtin-face)
    ("**" . 'font-lock-builtin-face)
    ("(" . 'font-lock-warning-face)
    (")" . 'font-lock-warning-face)
    (">" . 'font-lock-builtin-face)
    (">>" . 'font-lock-builtin-face)
    ("++" . 'font-lock-builtin-face)
    ("const" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("file" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("include" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("db" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("dw" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("ddw" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("dsn" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    ("ds" . 'font-lock-variable-name-face)
    (":" . 'font-lock-builtin-face))
  "lichen assembler mode"