|[3 earlier articles]|
|Re: Online compiler courses? firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthias-Christian Ott) (2009-08-30)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? email@example.com (Steve H) (2009-08-30)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? firstname.lastname@example.org (2009-08-31)|
|Online compiler courses? email@example.com (Paul Biggar) (2009-08-31)|
|Online compiler courses? firstname.lastname@example.org (Inderaj Bains) (2009-08-31)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? email@example.com (Paul Biggar) (2009-08-31)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? firstname.lastname@example.org (Bruce C. Baker) (2009-08-31)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? email@example.com (Stephen Horne) (2009-09-01)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? firstname.lastname@example.org (Hans Aberg) (2009-09-02)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? email@example.com (Philip Herron) (2009-09-02)|
|Re: Online compiler courses? firstname.lastname@example.org (kamal) (2009-09-07)|
|From:||"Bruce C. Baker" <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 31 Aug 2009 16:06:09 -0500|
|References:||09-08-046 09-08-048 09-08-054|
|Posted-Date:||01 Sep 2009 23:37:58 EDT|
"Steve H" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> If you've been at this long enough to know all about DFAs, CFGs and so
>> on, then you're ready to do what people who wanted to learn something
>> did before they even had the option of going online: Get a book.
> Hi Louis,
> I've also been going through books at the library, trying to find a
> good compiler text. It's frustrating. The dragon book is considered
> the canonical work, but it's quite meaty and difficult for self
> study. I believe that's the general consensus.
> As to other texts, I'm looking at Andrew Appel's book, and it's ok,
> but I think this kind of course is best suited for classroom
> sessions instead of self study, with lots of assignments to help the
> pedagogy. Just my opinion of course but writing a compiler I think
> takes a lot of hands on work, like engine building-- something
> that's best done by doing instead of reading through a Chilton or
> Haynes manual.
> It also doesn't help that a number of compiler texts are over ten
> years old and focus on C development instead of java. Again, I have
> nothing but respect for the C programming language but I'm more
> experienced with Java and would prefer to use that if at all
The most useful compiler book I've encountered is the original 1993
edition of David A Watt's "Programming Language Processors: Compilers
and Interpreters", ISBN 013720129X. It's almost 20 years old and uses
an ancient Pascal compiler as its implementation language, but it does
a great job of explaining the nuts and bolts of a working processor.
If you absolutely, positively MUST program in Java, there's a more
recent edition (which I haven't seen), ISBN 0130257869.
Both books are available from Amazon.
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