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Crafting a Compiler [Hardcover]

Charles N. Fischer , Ron K. Cytron , Richard J. LeBlanc Jr.

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28 Oct 2009 0136067050 978-0136067054 1
Crafting a Compiler is a practical yet thorough treatment of compiler construction. It is ideal for undergraduate courses in Compilers or for software engineers, systems analysts, and software architects.


Crafting a Compiler is an undergraduate-level text that presents a practical approach to compiler construction with thorough coverage of the material and examples that clearly illustrate the concepts in the book. Unlike other texts on the market, Fischer/Cytron/LeBlanc uses object-oriented design patterns and incorporates an algorithmic exposition with modern software practices. The text and its package of accompanying resources allow any instructor to teach a thorough and compelling course in compiler construction in a single semester. It is an ideal reference and tutorial for students, software engineers, systems analysts, and software architects.

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This new version of a classic introduction to compilers takes a language-neutral approach that focuses the reader on the concepts covered in the text. Students can then apply these concepts to the Java programming assignments and use the Java Virtual Machine to build a compiler. Advanced courses will benefit from the updated and expanded coverage of back-end topics.

0201385937B04062001 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 25 Mar 2002
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
I am 22. I found this rare book at a library sells, they were having a sell and sold this vbook for [money]. My interest at that time was compiler design. It was more out of curiosity, than for any real project. So, maybe this review is not from the perpsective of a professional, but a curious student 3 years ago. I did find this book to be rather incitive. This book is also heavy on terminology. As in the first chapter they give a detailed desciption of different classes of compilers. The second chapter goes into lexical analysis. And the next few chapters they give the student an excercise to write a small compiler, that is rather trivial. That is the plus of this book, they give excercises for the student.
This book also has a chapter on scanning, which is the best I ever seen in any compiler design book I have ever read. They talk about concepts of set theory as it relates to lexical analysis. Then they talk about regular expression and Fintie automata. This book is a great read indeed, and very easy to read.
There are quite of few chapters dedicated to parsing. In the chapters related to parsing they give a comparisons to Top Down and Bottom up parsing. They even go well known utilities like Yacc. The last few chapters go into depth chapter by chapter on implementing control structures:conditional, itereative, recursive. Even the appropiate runtimes, like code generation. There is even one chapter that goes into the fundemental Data Structures for a compiler. The last chapters is called "Parsing In The Real World".
The code example in this book are based off of a language the ADA-CS langauge. There is a brief tutorial of this language. But the code is just illustration, as they do not use a full langauge for the illustration. I think this is important, because the book focuses more on design rather then design with a particular langauge.
I really cant find anything wrong with this book. I definitely got more than my money's worth on this book. As I only spent [money] on this book. But I would have easily spent [money] on this book easily. Simply because I am drawn to this type of information. And even in 1999 when I found this book, compiler design was not demanded in the workplace much, I still find this a great book for students.
I would encourage anyone to purchase this book. If you can find this book that is. I'm sure this book is very hard rto find. My book is a Instructors book, and was not previously for sell. But if you ever see this book at a yard sell, lirbrary sell, please pick it up. Especially if you are student.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Publisher Misprint 30 Sep 2013
By L - Published on Amazon.com
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Be careful about ordering the 3rd edition of this book. The book I received was from a printing where the text and figures were riddled with text rendering errors, resulting in large blank spaces where there should have been text. I didn't get far into the book because I needed it for school and I was forced to return it before my class got too far underway. Amazon accepted the return but I have no idea what the publisher is doing about this problem. My instructor is one of the authors and even he had not heard back from them two weeks after reporting the problem.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing 27 Jun 2014
By Didier Drogba - Published on Amazon.com
The book is riddled with confusing pseudocode and rambling explanations. It has you constantly turning between pages as it constantly references diagrams that were discussed 50 pages ago. The problems in the back do not have answers. It was terrible for my Compilers class, and learned infinitely more by just googling things. Just buy the Dragon Book
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My compiler text book 11 Oct 2011
By Djonygd - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book from the amazon.It was a used one (Thus i paid less)but it cames in good state. I am using it and everything is going well so far...
2 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy 21 April 2010
By Tathagata Dasgupta - Published on Amazon.com
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This book uses a weird pseudocode to give examples and keeps referring to examples that are a number of pages behind what you are reading. Buy the Dragon book - its much much better and gives you deeper insight.
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