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Compilers - Principles, Techniques and Tools [Hardcover]

Alfred V. Aho , Ravi Sethi , Jeffrey D. Ullman
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1 Jan 1986 0201100886 978-0201100884 1
This introduction to compilers is the direct descendant of the well-known book by Aho and Ullman, Principles of Compiler Design. The authors present updated coverage of compilers based on research and techniques that have been developed in the field over the past few years. The book provides a thorough introduction to compiler design and covers topics such as context-free grammars, fine state machines, and syntax-directed translation. 0201100886B04062001


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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (1 Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201100886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201100884
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This introduction to compilers is the direct descendant of the well-known book by Aho and Ullman, Principles of Compiler Design. The authors present updated coverage of compilers based on research and techniques that have been developed in the field over the past few years. The book provides a thorough introduction to compiler design and covers topics such as context-free grammars, fine state machines, and syntax-directed translation.



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About the Author

Ravi Sethi, director of Computing Science Research, has been at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey since 1976. He has held teaching positions at Pennsylvania State university and the University of Arizona, and has taught at Princeton University and Rutgers. Dr. Sethi is co-author of the "dragon book", Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools and has written numerous articles. His books have been translated in Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Korean.



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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but hard reading 18 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Begins gently but becomes overwhelming very quickly. Needs to be studied. More a textbook than a 'hobbyist' text. For full benefit the reader must be prepared to work hard at it, but then such is the nature of compilers. An excellent text, love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, concise and in depth 22 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is an absolute winner. People who complain that it is incoherent or poor generally havent studied it for long enough.
Compilers are a very technical subject, and it stands to reason that even with the best books, youre gonna have to read certain sections more than once to grasp the content.
Get this book in paperback if you can. Its much easier to flip through, which youll find yourself doing on a regular basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reference book ... depending on your needs 17 July 2002
Format:Hardcover
Once again, I want to point out the title of the book: "Principles, Techniques and Tools".
I think there are two kinds of compilers books available today: "Principles and Theory centered" ones and "Modern Compilers design and implementation" ones.
One might wonder what's the difference between the two.
The former kind is more suited for a course on theoretical aspects that lay the foundation of compiler construction. DFAs, NFAs and Regular expression along with relations and equivalence between the them; FSAs minimizations; grammars and Push-down FSAs in details, ambiguities and and how to cope with them; and so on.
This is what I mean for "theoretical aspects". And these topics are covered in great details in this book. Almost the same details they (the authors) placed on writing a more specific book as "Introduction to Automata Theory ...".
Same situation applies to principles on more application- oriented topics. Take the example of LR parsing. You can face the topic from a more theoretical side, dealing with details on bottom up parsing (still, it implies an in-depth knowledge of grammars theory), handles and (viable) prefixes, SLR or canonical LR or LALR parsers and techniques for the relative tables construction by hands (and for this, add a detailed and solid knowledge of Push-down FSAs along with grammars). By hands, at least, if principles are what matter in your course.
If you expect to find these topics (with this depth) in a book of the other kind, you might get mislead. As I did when I still had not clear this distinction, before I took the course.
The latter kind of books is more suited for a more pragmatic course. One where real, "modern" compilers are at hands, and probably written as homeworks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best compiler writer reference book 16 Oct 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is simply the BEST reference book for compiler writers. The authors did an excellent work writing this book; all the features of a compiler are explained in depth.
I suggest this book along the "lex & yacc" book by Levine and "A retargetable C compiler: design and implementation" by Fraser and Hanson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well pitched Introduction to compilers 29 Feb 2004
By A W
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion this book is excelently pitched, it is interesting to read, and requires some thought to fully appriciate the implications of some parts of it, but it's not boring by any means, and it's not massivly over my head either. The book is fairly old, and the examples seem to revlove around pascal quite a lot, but that isn't really a hinderence, anyone with a reasonable understanding of computers and languages should be able to pick this up and still make sense even if you've never heard of fortran or algol before ever. Highly recommended as an introduction to the theory of compilers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but goodie 29 Oct 2013
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This is the standard text book for designing a compiler, much cheaper than the newer edition and just as useful for the fundamental principles. I find having a hardback version makes both the reading and referring back a more pleasant experience than cheaper paperbacks or (shudder) online/ebook versions.
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