Instructor: Doug Lea
Class: T-Th: 8am5
Office/Lab hours: Almost anytime.
Prereqs: CSC344 (365 and 322 strongly encouraged)
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The design and implementation of programming language compilers performing parsing, analysis of program representations, code generation, optimization, and language run-time support; with applications to related tools including intepretors, static analyzers, development environments, and virtual machines.



Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate ability to:


Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, by Aho, Lam, Sethi, and Ullman. Addison-Wesley, 2007, ISBN-10: 0321486811

This is the reference-quality "Dragon book" providing definitive treatments of most topics in compilation.


Subject to minor change:
Two exams (one during final exam week) (25%)
Exam questions mainly cover the theory of operation of parsing, analysis, code generation, optimization, and run-time support.
Exercises (10%)
two to three short assigments
Project (65%)
A compiler for a small language, submitted in approximately 4 parts

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