Compiler Construction Using Java, JavaCC, and Yacc by Anthony J. Dos Reis

By Anthony J. Dos Reis

Huge in scope, concerning idea, the appliance of that idea, and programming know-how, compiler building is a relocating goal, with consistent advances in compiler expertise occurring. this present day, a renewed specialise in homemade programming makes a top quality textbook on compilers, that either scholars and teachers will take pleasure in utilizing, of much more very important value. This booklet covers each subject necessary to studying compilers from the floor up and is followed through a strong and versatile software program package deal for comparing tasks, in addition to numerous tutorials, well-defined initiatives, and attempt instances.

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If we allow our regular expressions to include the ~, +, and ? operators in addition to |, *, and concatenation, we get the class of expressions called extended regular expressions. Any language defined by an extended regular language can also be defined by a nonextended regular language. In other words, extended regular expressions are no more powerful than nonextended regular expressions in defining languages. Thus, every extended regular expression necessarily has a nonextended equivalent. For example, the extended regular expression (b | c)?

4. Concise, otherwise the compiler would be too big Precise, otherwise the compiler could not accurately check syntax Sufficiently powerful to completely describe the syntax Suitable for an efficient syntax-checking algorithm Let us consider how well a very common representation of syntax—the introductory programming textbook—meets these four requirements: 1. Suppose our programming textbook has 1000 pages, half of which is devoted to syntax, with 2000 characters per page. In that case, the textbook uses a total of one million characters for syntax specification.

S - ^ Bb 4. B —> Bb 5. B ^ λ A regular language is any language that can be defined with a regular grammar. Recall from Chapter 1 that we defined a regular language as any language that can be defined with a regular expression. This dual use of "regular language" is permitted since regular expressions and regular grammars have exactly the same power to define languages. That is, any language that we can define with a regular expression, we can also define with a regular grammar, and vice versa (we prove this in Chapter 17).

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