Compiler Design

Motivation for doing this course

Why at all does one need to study compilers? What is its use? Why should one do this course ? Well these are some of the reasons why you should go for it.

. Language processing is an important component of programming

. A large number of systems software and application programs require structured input

. Operating Systems (command line processing)

. Databases (Query language processing)

. Type setting systems like Latex, Nroff, Troff, Equation editors, M4

. VLSI design and testing

, . Software quality assurance and software testing

. XML, html based systems, Awk, Sed, Emacs, vi ..

. Form processing, extracting information automatically from forms

. Compilers, assemblers and linkers

. High level language to language translators

. Natural language processing

. Where ever input has a structure one can think of language processing

. Why study compilers? Compilers use the whole spectrum of language processing technology

An example of the banner program of Unix which, as the name suggests is used specifically to design banners. Here we are trying to print the alphabet “I”. One’s task gets much simplified when using the representation on the right. And in order to do all this one needs is a compiler to process the high level representation on the right. A compiler hence makes life easy for the coder.

Many common applications require structured input during development phase (design of banner programme of Unix)

3b 3x
3 9x
3b 3x
6 3b 3x
3b 3x
3 9x
3b 3x
3b 3x
3b 3x

What will we learn in the course?

. So. here comes the big question finally. What is it that you are going to learn in this course. Any guess ?

How high level languages are implemented to generate machine code. Complete structure of compilers and how various parts are composed together to get a compiler

. Course has theoretical and practical components. Both are needed in implementing programming languages. The focus will be on practical application of the theory.

. Emphasis will be on algorithms and data structures rather than proofs of correctness of algorithms.

. Theory of lexical analysis, parsing, type checking, runtime system, code generation, optimization (without going too deep into the proofs etc.)

. Techniques for developing lexical analyzers, parsers, type checkers, run time systems, code generator, optimization. Use of tools and specifications for developing various parts of compilers

What do we expect to achieve by the end of the course?

  • The primary objective is that at the end of the course the students must be quite comfortable with the concepts related to compilers and should be able to deploy their knowledge in various related fields.
  • Students should be confident that they can use language processing technology for various software developments
  • Students should be confident that they can design, develop, understand, modify/enhance, and maintain compilers for (even complex!) programming languages

Required Background and self reading

. Courses in data structures, computer organization, operating systems

. Proficiency in C/C++/Java programming languages

. Knowledge of at least one assembly language, assembler, linker & loader, symbolic debugger

. You are expected to read the complete book (except the chapter on code optimization) on Compiler Design by Aho, Sethi and Ullman.

All the material will not be covered in the lectures

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The basic knowledge of Graphical User Interface, Object Oriented Programming and software tools and menus are the only prerequisite for this tutorial.

Before you start proceeding with this course on Academy Europe, we are assuming that you have a good aptitude and can think logically. You should want to try something different.

Ideal candidates for the course would typically possess:

– Discipline and attentiveness

– Ability to conduct research

– Ability to perform tasks with speed, efficiency, and accuracy

– Analytical judgment

– Patience to interpret technical/scientific data

– A willingness to learn, roll up your sleeves and work toward your dream!

– A computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection

– Basic computer skills


This tutorial has been intended for the users willing to take the human computer interactions as a next level of study in their career.

This course by Academy Europe aims at imparting quality education and training to students.

Academy Europe is dedicated to its students, their specific learning requirements, and their overall learning success.

This course is directed toward a student-centered, independent study, asynchronous learning approach.

After completing this course on Academy Europe, students will get self improvement  and promotion in their careers.

This course is based on at least two learning skills which are provided  to the users through audio & visuals, videos, verbal presentations and articles, all of which are asynchronized with distance education approach.

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