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Engineering a Compiler, Second Edition

Engineering a Compiler, Second Edition
Author: Keith Cooper - Linda Torczon
ISBN 13: 9780120884780
ISBN 10: 12088478
Edition: 2
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Publication Date: 2011-02-21
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 824
List Price: $89.95

The classic introduction to compiler construction is fully updated with new techniques and practical insights.

Engineering a Compiler Second Edition Keith D. Cooper and Linda Torczon

"Keith Cooper and Linda Torczon are leading compilers researchers who have also built several state-of-the-art compilers. This book adeptly spans both worlds, by explaining both time-tested techniques and new algorithms, and by providing practical advice on engineering and constructing a compiler. Engineering a Compiler is a rich survey and exposition of the important techniques necessary to build a modern compiler."

Jim Larus Microsoft Research

This entirely updated second edition of Engineering a Compiler is full of technical updates and new material covering the latest developments in compiler technology. In this comprehensive text you will learn important techniques for constructing a modern compiler. The authors, Keith Cooper and Linda Torczon, leading educators and researchers, have built several state-of-the-art compilers. In this book, they combine basic principles with pragmatic insights from their experience to help you fully understand important techniques such as compilation of imperative and object-oriented languages, construction of static single-assignment form, instruction scheduling, and graph-coloring register allocation.


  • In-depth treatment of algorithms and techniques used in the front end of a modern compiler
  • Focus on code optimization and code generation, the primary areas of recent research and development
  • Improvements in presentation including conceptual overviews for each chapter, summaries and review questions for sections, and prominent placement of definitions for new terms
  • Examples drawn from several different programming languages

About the Authors

Keith Cooper Doerr Professor in Computational Engineering Department of Computer Science, Rice University.

Linda Torczon Senior Research Scientist Department of Computer Science Rice University.