Re: Online compiler courses?

kamal <>
Mon, 7 Sep 2009 07:24:11 -0700 (PDT)

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From: kamal <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 07:24:11 -0700 (PDT)
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 09-08-046 09-08-048 09-08-054 09-09-001
Keywords: books, courses
Posted-Date: 09 Sep 2009 11:15:14 EDT

On Sep 1, 12:27 am, Paul Biggar <> wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 5:22 AM, Steve H<> wrote:
> >> Get a book.
> > I've also been going through books at the library, trying to find a
> > good compiler text. B It's frustrating. B The dragon book is considered
> > the canonical work, but it's quite meaty and difficult for self
> > study. B I believe that's the general consensus.

I read that book end-to-end but an earlier edition than the current
one. Its mostly a book that lays out the principles and algorithms -
which are easy to specify for the front-end (as in DFA/LL1/LR1/LALR1)
but difficult to state for the backend. It doesn;t state the
implementation -but only states the principle which can be used in an

> I really don't understand why the Dragon Book is considered canonical
> for anything but parsing. Perhaps it's simply the incumbent. Anyhow,

It does explain some other things like I/M code optimization, 3
address form etc.. When I attended a post-grade course on compilers
(which essentially focuses on the back-end), the reading material was
mostly research papers. That is evidence that this book is indeed the
incumbent and we are left without a better choise:-).

  Maybe the OP should read up GCC's online documentation and go through
its sources. That will give practical information for free.


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