|compilers, in a nutshell email@example.com (1994-05-09)|
|Compiler topics firstname.lastname@example.org (1994-05-11)|
|Response to compilers lecture. email@example.com (1994-05-12)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott McLoughlin)|
|Organization:||Sytex Communications, Inc|
|Date:||Thu, 12 May 1994 20:39:00 GMT|
Here is a rather prosaic response to your query about what to offer in 6
hours of lecture on compilers.
Don't eat up too much time on parsing. Instead "dymistify" compilers by
giving a good overview of what sort of assembly language is produced by
various high level language constructs. Describe a simple stack based
calling convention. Describe the allocation of static/stack/heap data and
how indirection/indexing are accomplished. Etc.
It's not an _exciting_ approach, but it could be enough to arm students
against the problems they will face in the future as they face new and
strange compilers/debuggers/linkers. I do some training in C/C++ for
programmers experienced in other languages. Inevitably, I find myself
describing the operation of the compiler, assembler and linker; generating
and examining assembly output, etc. just to get at the semantics of C/C++.
It is amazing how many programmers treat their language as a set of "magic
incantations", and I find that this doesn't cut it for programming well in
C/C++ and Pascal.
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