Earliest detailed description of a compiler?

Derek <derek@shape-of-code.com>
Sat, 13 Apr 2024 12:55:05 +0100

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From: Derek <derek@shape-of-code.com>
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Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 12:55:05 +0100
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What is the earliest detailed description of the
workings of a compiler?

One from 18 April 1958
Internal Translator (IT) A compiler for the 650

There were lots of compilers by 1957, but where is their
internal documentation?

[Good question. Here's a bunch of stuff about FORTRAN, with some
details in the papers and lecture notes. Start with the 1957 WJCC


Chapter 7 of this 1958 FLOW-MATIC manual has some internal description:


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