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School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Mr Andrew Martin


Room Number: Peter Landin, CS 335


Compilers (Undergraduate)

In this module, the students will learn how modern compilers work. A compiler is a tool for translating computer programs written in a higher-level programming language (such as Java or C) to a lower-level language or machine code. Major components of a compiler are lexical and syntactic analysis, semantic analysis, code generation and optimization. The module will provide an introduction to a range of concepts in programming language design and implementation, including runtime organization, memory management, assembler, linker, loader, static vs dynamic types and scopes, compilers vs interpreters, just-in-time compilation, bootstrapping, data-flow analysis, and link-time optimizations. The coursework includes 3-5 programming assignments, each of which builds a different component of the compiler. The students are encouraged to work in small teams. At the end of the semester, each team will have implemented a working (albeit simple) compiler from basic blocks and templates provided. Most students find it very rewarding experience.


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