Re: backend question

"Fergus Henderson" <>
13 Nov 2002 12:19:35 -0500

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From: "Fergus Henderson" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 13 Nov 2002 12:19:35 -0500
Organization: Computer Science, University of Melbourne
References: 02-11-063
Keywords: translator
Posted-Date: 13 Nov 2002 12:19:35 EST

"Martin Doering" <> writes:

>If I would like to write a native compiler for a toy language (just
>for my personal interest), the hardest thing for me is to generate
>code for a specific processor in the end. So my question is, if I
>could skip this last step by just using some well know intermediate
>For Minix there is a amsterdam compiler kit, which seems to provide
>something like this. Are there others? And is there something like
>this not too huge in size? I just want to play around a bit. Yes, and
>it should be free...
>[These days the most popular intermediate format is C. -John]

Other alternatives include

- C--
See <>.

- Java
- Java byte codes

- C#
See <>, <>,
and <>.

- Interfacing with the GCC back-end
See <>; in particular see the "treelang" toy
language front-end.

- Interfacing with other compilers, such as VPO, MLRISC, or lcc.

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