Book Review: Linkers & Loaders (John R. Levine)

"Quinn Tyler Jackson" <>
28 Nov 1999 01:36:06 -0500

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From: "Quinn Tyler Jackson" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 28 Nov 1999 01:36:06 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: linker, books

Linkers & Loaders
John R. Levine

Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (1999), pp. 256

ISBN: 1-55860-496-0

Other books will go into great detail on the theory and practice of
lexical scanning, parsing, code generation, and optimization, but
Levine's appears to be the only comprehensive survey of that final
stage of compiler development, linking. His treatment of the subject
is broad enough to avoid being shortsighted, but detailed enough to be
useful, and as always, his writing style is fresh, readable, and
entertaining. Since each chapter ends with exercises and a project,
this book would also be useful in educational settings, or for
hobbyists and professionals who wish to learn how to implement a
linker, debugger, or other tool that uses one of the formats explained
in the book. There are enough references for the reader to locate
specific file format specifications if compatibility with existing
systems is a design goal.
Quinn Tyler Jackson

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