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Topic: Compiler theory

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  Compiler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Building a self-hosting compiler is a bootstrapping problem -- the first such compiler for a language must be compiled either by a compiler written in a different language, or (as in Hart and Levin's Lisp compiler) compiled by running the compiler in an interpreter.
Compiler construction and compiler optimization are taught at universities as part of the computer science curriculum.
The ability to compile in a single pass is often seen as a benefit because it simplifies the job of writing a compiler and one pass compilers are generally faster than multi-pass compilers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Compiler   (3021 words)

 CS 447 / CS 545 - Compiler Theory:
However, the ideas and techniques of compiler theory apply to many problems in software engineering and in other areas.
For example, the string matching techniques for building the lexical analyzer of a compiler are also used by text editors or pattern matching programs.
The techniques from graph theory for performing code optimization, such as coloring, are used to organize schedules.
www.csd.uwo.ca /~moreno/MainPages/CS447-2004.html   (277 words)

 Anatomy of a Compiler and The Tokenizer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A compiler is a tool that translates a program from one language to another language.
Due to the language independent nature of the parse tree, it is easy, once the front end is in place, to replace the back end with a code generator for a different high level language, or a different machine language, or replacing the code generator all together with an interpreter.
This approach allows a compiler to be easily ported to another type of computer, or for a single compiler to produce code for a number of different computers (cross compilation).
www.cs.man.ac.uk /~pjj/farrell/comp3.html   (1960 words)

 andymeneely.com - A Slice of Andy's Life
The compiler ought to be configurable to perform optimizations for speed, space, or a little of both.
Compilers play the same role between a programmer's code and the computer that programmers play between their managers and their code.
Compilers are also quite important in an academic setting because they involve a huge number of algorithms which need to work together seamlessly.
www.andymeneely.com /prog/compiler/care/index.htm   (1111 words)

 Softpanorama Bookshelf: Compiler Construction
Compiler construction (see also my page with the collection of links) stopped to be a fl art approximately after publishing of David Gries' book.
Compilation techniques for features such as if statements, case statements, and various looping constructs are the focus of this chapter.
Even if you are not a compiler developer and have no intention of becoming one, this knowledge is so fundamental to being a good software developer and intelligent user of compilers that no professional can afford not to have read this book and keep it handy as a reference.
www.softpanorama.org /Bookshelf/compilers.shtml   (8000 words)

 Modern Compiler Implementation (Description)
A compiler is organized into a series of modules, and the organization of Part I follows the organization of a compiler.
Each chapter covers one module of the compiler, and the basic algorithms, data structures, and interfaces are described in detail.
Thus, each edition of the book is tied to a particular programming language, and outlines a compiler for a simple Algol-like language with heap-allocated records that is easily extensible to be functional, object-oriented, or both.
www.cs.princeton.edu /~appel/modern/description.html   (214 words)

 Introduction to Compiler Construction
Compiler construction requires understanding and application of all the courses you have taken so far.
Retargatable compilers can be easily modified to generate code in another target language, whereas rehostable compilers can be modified to run on another host.
For achieving retargability and portability, the compiler is divded into front end, which consists of phases upto machine independent optimization, and back end, which consists of the remaining phases which are dependent upon the target machine architecture.
www.eas.asu.edu /~gupta/intro.html   (1302 words)

 CS445/CS545 Compiler Construction
Students are expected to develop a compiler for a substantial subset of a high-level language using compiler tools such as lex and yacc.
The objective of this course is to learn the fundamentals of compiler theory and its application in constructing a real working compiler.
To synchronize the compiler project, make your compiler take a single input Pascal file (with suffix extension of ".p", say "main.p") and make it write the SPARC assembly output to file with the same name except for the suffix (which is changed to ".s", so "main.s").
www.clarkson.edu /mcs/spring2003/cs445.html   (1402 words)

 CMPT 755 - Fall 2004: Compiler Theory
Compiler Theory is an Area II course in Computing Systems.
Note that the C++ compiler for gcc version 2.96 and gcc version 3.3.2 are seriously broken and will not be compatible with gcc on the CS machines.
Theory of Parsing, Translation and Compiling (Vol 1: Parsing and Vol 2: Compiling) by A. Aho and J. Ullman.
www.cs.sfu.ca /~anoop/courses/CMPT-755-Fall-2004/index.html   (1195 words)

 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Smalltalk Compiler
The expression is passed as either a string or a stream--so the compiler's view of it is "a character f, followed by two o's, followed by a space, followed by a colon...".
After parsing the example, the compiler would know that the input is "an assignment with a reference to variable foo on the left hand side and the result of the message bar sent to self on the right hand side".
The code evaluated in an inspector is compiled within the class of the object being inspected and is executed as a message sent to the object being inspected--so the code can use self and all of the object's instance variables.
www.whysmalltalk.com /articles/bykov/HitchHiker.htm   (10198 words)

 Free C Compiler
This C compiler was written as part of a Compiler Theory class taught by Dr.
The intent was to learn all the various aspects of what goes into the design and implementation of an actual compiler (be it any language), and the various problems associated with this.
In short, this C compiler is only recommended as a teaching tool, or for the beginning programmer who would like to learn a little bit about basic C programming.
www.geocities.com /SiliconValley/Peaks/7695/attoc.htm   (413 words)

 Florida Tech, CS: Compiler Construction (Spring 2006)
The compiler must be finished by the end of the semester --- no extensions, no incompletes.
The course grade is determined primarily by the compiler project.
This is subject to some conditions: a reasonable grade on the midterm, the on-time completion of the milestones, the adherence to the compiler design in the textbook, and following submission requirements.
www.cs.fit.edu /~ryan/cse4251   (716 words)

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Domain theory is part of mathematical foundation theory, and therefore difficult and only marginally relevant: i.e., it is very difficult to mathematically construct a model of the domains in common use, and few people care.
In a minimal compiler, it is possible to generate (lousy) object code directly from the abstract syntax tree, in a single syntax-directed pass (down and up, to get control structures right; think DFS).
Note that register allocation is not the last word in optimization, especially when the compiler doesn't do anything else, just an example of something that is typically done late in a compiler and difficult to do in a syntax-directed control structure.
www-cse.ucsd.edu /~vogt/comps/PROGLANG/PAULPL.TXT   (6847 words)

 Cedric Qin Zhang - Compiler
I hope this could be the starting point for anyone who is interested in the internal working of a compiler.
If what you are seeking is only a C/C++ compiler, you can visit Borland website for a free commercial quality compiler.
The compiler is written as a final project for ICS611(Compiler theory and construction, taught by Prof.
www2.hawaii.edu /~qzhang/Compiler.html   (515 words)

 Fun with Languages
Compiler construction has the reputation as being one of the most arcane endeavors in all of Computer Science, and for good reason from what I've gathered!
Alot of compiler creation resources are in C/C++ because these languages have been used frequently for compiler creation.
This is a very informative tutorial on creating a compiler using Terry Parrs ANTLR compiler generator.
www.jroller.com /page/languages?entry=write_a_compiler_now   (1211 words)

It's a matter of precedence: you must have a theory in order to implement.
The university should teach you how to apply the theory, but should not turn into a vocational school.
Which is what academia has been gradually doing, as More on the Myth of Market-based Education, and the weekly quote of 10/29 clearly demonstrate.
www.dbdebunk.com /page/page/1649304.htm   (107 words)

 PHPc: Compiler Theory and Ranting - Jacob Santos - Web and Game Development   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
I know very little of compiler and interpreter theory and have never (yet) created a working implementation of a compiler or interpreter.
The advanced, current generation C++ compilers has the intelligence to read poorly written code and optimize it in the assembly to where it is quicker than what it would have been.
If PHP was compiled, then it could make the decision itself on how many times the database needs to be accessed and when data in the database changed.
www.santosj.name /?p=259   (1936 words)

 Researchers in Programming Languages and Compilers
Advanced language and compiler technology for the Scheme programming language; the incorporation of formal methods such as continuation models, type inference, abstract interpretation, etc. as a foundation for such a technology; parallel and distributed computing for symbolic and irregular applications.
Compilation of functional programming languages, particularly of Standard ML for systems programming purposes, literate programming and other aspects of text formatting.
Compilers: optimizing and parallelizing sequential languages, parallel algorithms, languages, and architectures.
www-2.cs.cmu.edu /afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/mleone/web/language-people.html   (4088 words)

 9.3 Sample Program: A Simple Expression Compiler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In fact, the theory behind this program is well beyond the scope of this text (since it involves compiler theory).
A compiler will typically run the lexical analysis phase for a short period, transfer control to the parsing phase, do a little code generation, and then, perhaps, do some more scanning and parsing and code generation (not necessarily in that order).
This statement simply compiles the sequence of statements appearing between the braces in the first operand and then it uses the second string_expression operand as the "returns" value for this statement.
webster.cs.ucr.edu /AoA/Linux/HTML/DSLs4.html   (5813 words)

The source code for the Small-C Compiler and runtime libraries (CP/M and DOS), Small-Mac Assembler (CP/M), Small-Assembler (DOS), Small-Tools programs and Small-Windows library to which I hold copyrights are hereby available for royalty free use in private or commerical endeavors.
Ron Cain's compiler ran on a Polymorphic 8080 microcomputer.
Hendrix's A Small C Compiler (M&T Publishing, 1990), which comes with complete C source code for an 8088-based C compiler, is the best example.
www.owp.us /Small-C.asp   (552 words)

 Compilers Algorithms
Thus compiler writing is more about computer and algorithms by themselves and as such is IMHO more attractive for those who is interested in those areas.
Moreover compiler construction was and probably still is the source of many neat ideas in programming in general.
Various kinds of optimization and global analysis are done by compilers, but in the absence of application knowledge, it is hard to bound their runtime.
www.softpanorama.org /Algorithms/compilers.shtml   (9285 words)

 CMPT 379 - Fall 2005: Principles of Compiler Design
This course covers the fundamentals of compiler theory used to build compilers for high level programming languages.
Algorithms used in building a compiler and their underlying theoretical foundations will be covered.
Note that the C++ compiler for gcc version 2.96 and gcc version 3.3.2 are seriously broken and will not be compatible with gcc on the CSIL machines.
www.cs.sfu.ca /~anoop/courses/CMPT-379-Fall-2005   (1116 words)

 Compiler Theory and Design Free online Books downloads
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www.dhruvaraj.com /bookstore/Compiler_Theory_and_Design.htm   (181 words)

 Compiler Basics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This paper is intended to give an overview of basic compiler theory.
It certainly will not replace a college level compiler course, however, it will provide a good solid foundation on which such a course can build.
This paper does not develop a full compiler, but small examples are given in many places.
www.cs.man.ac.uk /~pjj/farrell/compmain.html   (553 words)

 Language Theory
The target language, that is the output of the compiler, is often assembler language or object code, but this is not necessarily the case.
One notable example of this is cfront, the UNIX C++ compiler, which translates C++ into C. The C language output is then fed into cc, the standard UNIX C compiler, which produces object code.
If any aspect of a language is left undefined, compiler writers will be on their own to figure out what to do, and each compiler will do these things differently.
pages.prodigy.net /j_alan/hitech/compiler/comp2.html   (2994 words)

 Amazon.com: The Art of Compiler Design: Theory and Practice: Books: Thomas Pittman,James Peters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This self-contained introduction to the basic concepts of translators covers the necessary theory needed to understand compiler design.
Compiler Construction: Principles and Practice: Principles and Practice by Kenneth C. Louden
He was a pioneer in microcomputers, having created one of the first compilers available.
www.amazon.com /Art-Compiler-Design-Theory-Practice/dp/0130481904   (794 words)

 Compiler Theory syllabus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
CS:483:01 Compiler Theory Fall, 2006 Syllabus Instructor: Kenneth Brakke Office: 009 Seibert Hall Office phone: 4466 Office hours: 9:00 - 10:00 MWF, 3:00 - 4:00 TTh officially.
Grading: Compiler project 200 pts 2 hour exams: 100 pts each Final exam: 150 pts _______ Total 550 pts Compiler project: Each student will write a working compiler for a small subset of the C language.
The final compiler will translate source code into assembly language, which can be assembled and run.
www.susqu.edu /facstaff/b/brakke/compiler.html   (228 words)

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Stoyan Bonev Bonev, PhD Syllabus Course Annotation: The COS401 COMPILER THEORY course gives basic knowledge to students in the area of language processors — theory and practice of compiler writing.
From practical aspect models of a compiler by different authors are under discussion and strategies for lexical analysis, syntax analysis and code generation are presented.
The class project is a more difficult task to solve than those treated in the exercises and includes implementation of a scanner, a parser, a simulator of a finite state machine etc. Lecture/ ExerciseBasic TopicsL E C T U R E SLecture 1 TheoryIntroduction to Language Processors.
www.aubg.bg /faculty/profs/sbonev/COS401syllabus.doc   (1009 words)

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