Compiler Construction

Thursday 5:00 - 6:50 pm
Room 109, Warren Weaver Hall
Professor Amir Pnueli

Instructor: Amir Pnueli ( Office hours: WWH505, Monday and Wednesday 4-6 pm, and by appointment.

Teaching Assistants/Graders:

Class list

All students should register themselves with the class list, which is used for all technical discussions concerning the course and the course project. To subscribe to this list visit the web page:

where you will find full directions.

Please send all your questions to this list (not only to the instructor) so that everyone can participate.



Aho, Sethi and Ullman: Compilers, principles, Techniques and tools (Addison Wesley)

This is still a standard text, and even though more than 15 years old it covers most of the topics we want to discuss in sufficient detail. A new edition is to appear shortly.


Scott: Programming Language Pragmatics.
A nice balance of language issues and implementation issues, with substantial elementary information about compiler structures and organization.

Additional recommended readings:

Fraser and Hanson: a retargetable C compiler (Benjamin Cummings, 1996)
Good treatment of the machine-description techniques used among others by the GCC family of compilers.

Muchnick: advanced compiler design and implementation (Morgan Kaufman, 1997)
Excellent treatment of code generation and optimization issues for a variety of processors.

Appel : modern compiler implementation in C : basic techniques
Also available in ML and Java versions.

Dewar & Smosna : Microprocessors, a programmer's perspective (Mc-Graw Hill)
An excellent survey of what a software engineer needs to know about hardware.

Course outline

sample questions for final examination


Assignment 1: lexical analysis , due February 11, 2005
Assignment 2: Algorithms on grammars


The course involves the construction of a compiler for a simple imperative language.

  • Test Programs for Compiler Project

    Sample Solutions

  • Reference Materials