The objective of this course is to learn the theory and practice behind building automatic translators (compilers) for higher level programming languages and to engineer and build key phases of a compiler in Java or C++ for a small language.
- Front End: Compiler phases and overall working, Scanners (Regular Expressions, NFA/DFA, Scanner Generators), Parsers (Grammars, Ambiguity Removal, LL, LR, and other deterministic parsing), Semantic Analysis (Symbol Tables, Syntax Driven Analysis, Type Systems, Attribute Grammars)
- Middle End: Intermediate Forms, Syntax Directed Translation, Translation of: Expressions, Control Structures and Back-patching, Function and Procedure Calls, Runtime Organization
- Back-end: Instruction Selection, Register Allocation, Instruction Selection, Code layout and Code Generation, Brief Introduction to Code Optimizations
This course does not count toward any specific specialization, and does not count as a foundational course.
Note: Sample syllabi are provided for informational purposes only. For the most up-to-date information, consult the official course documentation.
You can view the lecture videos for this course here.
Before Taking This Class...
Suggested Background Knowledge
Good knowledge of data structures and algorithms, good programming skills, and ability to write sizeable software in Java or C++. Should be able to work in Linux environment.
Technical Requirements and Software
Students will be given accounts on the deepthought cluster at Georgia Tech and will work in a Linux environment.
All Georgia Tech students are expected to uphold the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code. This course may impose additional academic integrity stipulations; consult the official course documentation for more information.