Textbook for teaching

20 Jun 2003 00:01:56 -0400

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From: paisley@talk21.com
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 20 Jun 2003 00:01:56 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: books, question, comment
Posted-Date: 20 Jun 2003 00:01:56 EDT


I know this question comes up once in a while, and there is an
excellent description of textbooks in the FAQ for comp.compilers,

I will be teaching an undergraduate module on compilers next academic
year and would like some opinions on current choices for books. I've
been using Grune et al for the last couple of years -- and have been
impressed by the very helpful authors -- but the students have found
it hard going and I think the pseudo-code is difficult to read. I now
have a second edition of Appel's book and Watt and Brown, both of
which rely on code in Java, and which seem very current. I confess I
am still partial to the Dragon book, for clarity as well as for the
use of attribute grammars and 3-address code (which I think are
clearer and easier to understand) but maybe these techniques are

Could anyone share opinions and experiences on the use of these texts
for teaching? I can summarise and post here if people prefer sending
me email.

Many thanks, - Sara
[The FAQ could use capsule reviews of some more recent books. Feel
free to send them in. -John]

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