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- Practical Compiler Construction
- This book offers a tour through the full compiler for a clean and sane
subset of the C programming language (C89), covering lexical analysis,
parsing, semantics, code generation, optimization, and runtime support,
including lots of clarifying annotations and diagrams. The SubC compiler
discussed in the book is in the public domain and can be downloaded
- The SubC Compiler
- SubC is a clean, fast, and simple compiler for a subset of C89 that can
compile itself on various BSDs, Linux, Windows, and other systems. It also
cross-compiles to DOS. Its code is in the
- Scheme 9 from Empty Space (Book,
- S9fES is both a book and an interpreter for the R4RS
programming language. The entire S9fES code is in the
public domain. The book offers
a guided tour through every single line of the interpreter with
lots of annotations and diagrams. It covers even the gory details,
such as macro expansion,
call/cc, and tail-call elimination.
- Sketchy Scheme, 4.5th Edition
- A beginner-friendly introduction to functional programming in Scheme.
This is a step-by-step guide to problem-solving in the functional way.
The book contains lots of example, from trivial to advanced, as well as
Scheme definitions of many standard procedures, an informal explanation of
continuations, and a digression dealing with lambda calculus. Got stuck
with SICP? Try this one!
- Logic Programming in Scheme
- An introduction to the principles of logic programming in MicroKANREN,
covering predicates, goals, negation, cutting, and the translation of
functional code into declarative code. Chapter two uses logic programming
to solve the well-known Zebra puzzle, and chapter three contains the
complete and annotated implementation of MicroKANREN in portable Scheme.
See also: code from the book
There are free PDF copies of some draft versions and obsolete books at
- Lightweight Compiler Techniques
- A discussion of techniques for implementing simple yet efficient
compilers for procedural languages. Covers all phases of compilation:
scanning, parsing, optimization, code synthesis. Little theory, lots
Code: T3X Compiler (final version) |
T3X Compiler (book version)
- Zen-Style Programming
- An introduction to various aspects of computer science at break-neck
speed: functional programming, arbitrary-precision arithmetics,
meta-circular evaluation, searching and sorting, the limits of
computability, streams and generators, formal grammars, syntax
analysis, regular expressions, logic programming, design and
implementation of programming languages, and much more...
Code: Zen Lisp
- Die Anatomie einer Programmiersprache
An early precursor to Lightweight Compiler Techniques in German.
Code: BSL Compiler Kit
- An interpreter, compiler, and editor for a super-terse dialect of
FORTH. Brevity = expressiveness? You decide. Lots of funny sample
- An interpreter and compiler for an obscure BASIC dialect that I
have created back in the early 1990's. Includes some simple games
as example programs. The compiler is written in MINBASIC.
- Mini Scheme v.3
- An extended but still tiny version of Moriwaki and Kida's
Mini Scheme interpreter, featuring string operations, type checking,
file operations, improved macro syntax, and more complete error
- FOOGOL IV, V5
- Lindberg's FOOGOL IV compiler hacked up to emit 386 assembly
language. Also converted to modern (ANSI 89) C. Compiles fine
- PD Korn Shell
- A slightly patched version of pdksh, compiles on most modern
BSD's and has a clear-screen function that you can bind to
a key. This was the one tcsh feature I was missing most in pdksh.
And: yes, I actually use this shell. :-)