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2015/2016 Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Master Computer Science
Compiler Construction
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. E. Visser    E.Visser@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
2/2/0/0 coll + 4/4/0/0 pract
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
- programming (required)
- software engineering (advised)
- programming languages (advised)
Course Contents
Compilers translate the source code of programs in a high-level
programming language into executable (virtual) machine code.
Nowadays, compilers are typically integrated into development
environments providing features like syntax highlighting, content
assistance, live error reporting, and continuous target code
generation. This course is about the efficient construction of
compilers and their integration in the IDE. It consists of three

The first part focuses on declarative specification of compiler
components as supported by state-of-the-art tools for compiler
construction, including lexical syntax, context-free syntax, static
semantics, and code generation.

In the second part, we address techniques for the compilation of
imperative and object-oriented languages, including activation
records, memory management, register allocation, and optimisation
techniques in detail.

The third part takes a closer look on the inside working of compiler
components and their generators. In particular, we study parsing
algorithms and parser generation.

The practical work consists of constructing a compiler for a small
object-oriented language using the tools introduced in the first part
of the course.
Study Goals
- to be able to specify a language in a declarative style

- to be able to construct a compiler from such specifications with
state-of-the-art compiler construction tools

- to understand different language aspects

- to understand the working of compiler components realising these
Education Method
Lectures, lab work
Literature and Study Materials
Book "Modern Compiler Implementation in Java. Second Edition" by
Andrew Appel & Jens Palsberg. Cambridge University Press,
2002. ISBN-13: 978-0521820608
Andrew Appel, Jens Palsberg: Modern Compiler Implementation in Java, 2nd Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN-13: 978-0521820608
Practical work + written exam