Re: How does "Engineering a Compiler" (by Keith Cooper and Linda Torczon) compare to the Dragon Book (Principles of Compiler Design by Alfred Aho and Jeffery Ulman)?

George Neuner <>
Fri, 10 Sep 2021 05:13:52 -0400

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From: George Neuner <>
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Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 05:13:52 -0400
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On Wed, 08 Sep 2021 05:30:52 GMT,
(Anton Ertl) wrote:

>I have read the 1986 version of the Dragon Book (i.e., Aho, Sethi,
>Ullman). It covers the front end part deeply, but is not so strong on
>the back end part.
>I have looked at Cooper & Torczon, but have not read it. But my
>impression was good; in particular it covered more of the back end.

Agreed. I have read Cooper & Torczan, and the 1st and 2nd editions of
the Dragon book (and skimmed the 3rd), and several others.

For quite a while Cooper & Torczan has been my 1st recommendation for
an intro book.


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