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Posted October 13, 2002
Neat, actual: the good starting point
This book is a good starting point for anyone who needs to create a compiler, parser or scanner, but didn¿t read anything about compiler design theory yet. This book is completely self-contained and assumes only the familiarity with programming languages and the mathematical sophistication commonly found in juniors or seniors. The material in this book has been taught for several years in one-semester first-year graduate courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., the State University of New York at Albany, and many other institutions. The bewildered looks of students in these institutions have motivated the authors to do several rewrites of the materials. That¿s why the book is pleasant to read and easy to understand. The book contains a good introduction to state machines and all modern grammars, including, but not limited to, LALR(1). Since the book doesn¿t cover code generation, but only lexical and syntax part, it is still actual since published 1976. For example, the most popular nowadays LALR(1) grammar, supported by Yacc and Bison, is a core of the GNU compiler and many other commercial compilers. But the book itself is tool-free, it explains the background that never expires, rather than bothering the reader with the tools which may exist today and vanish tomorrow. The example of such book with a mess of theory and tools is ¿Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools¿ by by Alfred V. Aho. The book ¿Compiler Design Theory¿ is embracing, neat and actual.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.