Re: Info needed on implementing Java compiler

Dima Bronnikov <>
15 May 1998 22:33:37 -0400

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From: Dima Bronnikov <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 15 May 1998 22:33:37 -0400
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References: 98-05-076
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Feel free to disregard my advice since my work is not finished, but I
ended up blatantly reading in all tokens capturing classes (including
nested ones) before feeding tokens to parser. Don't remember the exact
gotcha, but Sun's nested classes made me on this one.

The other thing (pretty much obvious) is that since access to class
member may textually precede definition of the class, it necessary to
leave method bodies and fields init expressions processing until after
all classes in file have been parsed and signatures of all members in
all classes are known.

If you plan to use yacc, consider the grammar in comp.compiler archive,
it's also available (there have been two minor additions) at my page

Esben Krag Hansen wrote:
> I need information on implementing a Java compiler, with specifics such as
> symbol table management, type-checking, abstract syntax, problems
> encountered, etc. References to papers would be great.

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