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Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

A Practical Approach to Compiler Construction

Authors: Watson, Des

  • Presents a practically-oriented introduction to compiler design
  • Explains the fundamental principles of programming language implementation
  • Shows how a compiler can be constructed, with and without the use of compiler construction tools 
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About this Textbook

This book provides a practically-oriented introduction to high-level programming language implementation. It demystifies what goes on within a compiler and stimulates the reader's interest in compiler design, an essential aspect of computer science. Programming language analysis and translation techniques are used in many software application areas.

A Practical Approach to Compiler Construction covers the fundamental principles of the subject in an accessible way. It presents the necessary background theory and shows how it can be applied to implement complete compilers. A step-by-step approach, based on a standard compiler structure is adopted, presenting up-to-date techniques and examples. Strategies and designs are described in detail to guide the reader in implementing a translator for a programming language.

A simple high-level language, loosely based on C, is used to illustrate aspects of the compilation process. Code examples in C are included, together with discussion and illustration of how this code can be extended to cover the compilation of more complex languages. Examples are also given of the use of the flex and bison compiler construction tools. Lexical and syntax analysis is covered in detail together with a comprehensive coverage of semantic analysis, intermediate representations, optimisation and code generation. Introductory material on parallelisation is also included.

Designed for personal study as well as for use in introductory undergraduate and postgraduate courses in compiler design, the author assumes that readers have a reasonable competence in programming in any high-level language.

 

About the authors

Des Watson works in the field of compiler design and development. He has extensive experience in research and both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in programming language design and implementation at the University of Sussex, UK. He also works with commercial organisations, particularly in the field of compiler optimisation of code for embedded systems.  

Reviews

 “I found this book easy to read, with relevant examples and a good set of references. For me, its most interesting feature is the strategy used to support a particular audience: people who need to process text but will not write production compilers. The material itself has been standard for 30 years.” (Computing Reviews, August, 2017) 


 

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52789-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: June 2, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52787-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Practical Approach to Compiler Construction
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52789-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52789-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-52787-1
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 254
Number of Illustrations and Tables
26 b/w illustrations
Topics