[plt-scheme] Good compiler texts?

From: henrik at topoi.pooq.com (henrik at topoi.pooq.com)
Date: Wed Dec 26 22:05:38 EST 2007

On Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 09:37:52PM -0500, Todd O'Bryan wrote:
> I hate to ask this, because I feel like it must have been asked
> before, but I searched the archives and couldn't find it.
> Can anyone suggest a good book on compiler theory?
> I'm not so interested in the nitty-gritty details of going to assembly
> code, but more interested in the difference in expressive powers and
> performance of different kinds of parsers, the idea of Abstract Syntax
> Trees, error detection and recovery, etc. In other words, I guess I'm
> most interested in the front-end part of compiler construction.
> I've been trying to go through the dragon book and I keep getting
> annoyed that they're being incredibly detailed about things that I
> don't care about, but vague and hand-wavy about things I do care about
> and wondered if there's something out there that people think is
> better.

I've liked Modern Compiler Design by a friend of mine, Dick Grune et al.
But I'm biased.

But it isn't so fanatically detailed about trivia as the dragon book.

-- hendrik

> Thanks,
> Todd
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