Constructing Language Processors for Little Languages / Edition 1

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This unique book is an extremely practical, step-by-step guide to developing language processors. At the same time, it tells you everything you need to know to build, from scratch, custom-made little languages that will considerably streamline your programming chores. Long on nuts-and-bolts, hands-on guidance with just enough theory, the book is packed with specific real-world examples of all topics covered, and is organized around the design, development, debugging, and implementation of an interpreter and compiler to process a little language for storing, retrieving, and manipulating images. An excellent guide for seasoned programmers who need to develop special purpose languages and the processors needed to run them, Constructing Language Processors for Little Languages is also a superior introduction to the basics of building compilers and interpreters for students and beginners.

"Little languages" are specialty languages that can help programmers streamline the development of specific applications. This text, written for experienced programmers, serves as a step-by-step guide to developing compilers and interpreters for "little languages."

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A practical, step-by-step guide to developing language processors and to building, from scratch, little languages to streamline programming chores. The volume includes real-world examples of all topics covered, and is organized around the design, development, debugging, and implementation of an interpreter and compiler to process a little language for storing, retrieving, and manipulating images. Disk included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471597537
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/23/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 0 Introduction 1
Ch. 1 An Introduction to Little Languages 9
Ch. 2 Designing a Little Language 35
Ch. 3 Formal Considerations: Language and Grammars 55
Ch. 4 Lexical Analysis and Parsing 77
Ch. 5 The Architecture of a Language Processor 115
Ch. 6 Nodes and Pointers: Data Structures for the Language Processor 129
Ch. 7 Implementation of the Lexical Analyzer and Parser 153
Ch. 8 lex and yacc 221
Ch. 9 Executing the Translated Program: Interpretation and Compilation 259
Ch. 10 Other Issues 313
Appendix A. Data Structures 337
Appendix B. Lexical Analyzer, Parser, Interpreter, and Compiler 347
Appendix C. Instructions for Using the Source Code Disk 419
Glossary 427
Index 443
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