Re: Compiler text (Francois Nouri)
Thu, 6 Jan 1994 12:37:12 GMT

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From: (Francois Nouri)
Keywords: books, courses
Organization: Ecole Centrale Paris, France
References: 94-01-012 94-01-019
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 1994 12:37:12 GMT

|> Depends on how much theory you want. We took the attitude that giving a
|> lot of theory to undergraduates IN ADDITION to teaching them how to
|> actually build a compiler was too much.

While this does make sense in the context of a *course*, I wonder whether
you can extend that principle to a book.

A course is necessarily taught in a limited time, and thus cannot cover
every aspect of compilers theory, which means that choices have to be
made. Beside the usual front-end-oriented / back-end-oriented course war,
theory-oriented vs. implementation-oriented classes tend to become
today's dilemna.

As to a book, my opinion is that those choices are unnecessary. You can
take as much time as you wish to go through a book, and I can't find any
reason why you should prefer theory to pragmatic issues or reciprocally.


Francois Nouri | E.C.P. | Graduate Student in
E-mail: | (Centrale Paris) | Open Systems Engineering

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