lørdag den 30. juni 2007

The Purple Dragonbook

I went to the post office today to pick up a package from Amazon UK. The package contained the purple Dragonbook (Compilers Principles, Techniques, and Tools) by Aho, Lam, Sethi, and Ullman which is a classic in compiler design. Being a phd studendent working on programming languages it is a must have, and since a new edition has recently been published it was obvious to buy the book. I have agreed to review the book for the computer science association in Denmark (Datalogforeningen) which will be in danish, I expect to write a short summary here in English.

From the first look at the book I must say that I am excited. It looks really nice. I read some of the parts concerning parsers and it all seemed to make perfect sense from a first calsual reading. The reason I read about parser was my curiousity towards why approx. 200 pages out of approx. 1000 where devoted to lexical analysis and parsing. It seems a lot but from my first reading they also get into some of the stuff which is often left out of other compiler books.
I look forward to read the rest of the book and I will write a post when that happens.

Have a nice weekend.

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