Compiler Design: Virtual Machines by Reinhard Wilhelm, Helmut Seidl

By Reinhard Wilhelm, Helmut Seidl

While compilers for high-level programming languages are huge advanced software program structures, they've got specific features that differentiate them from different software program structures. Their performance is nearly thoroughly well-defined – preferably there exist whole designated descriptions of the resource and objective languages, whereas extra descriptions of the interfaces to the working approach, programming procedure and programming atmosphere, and to different compilers and libraries are frequently on hand. The implementation of software platforms without delay in laptop language is either tricky and error-prone, resulting in courses that turn into out of date as speedy because the pcs for which they have been built. With the improvement of higher-level machine-independent programming languages got here the necessity to supply compilers that have been capable of translate courses into computer language. Given this uncomplicated problem, different subtasks of compilation were the topic of extensive learn because the 1950s.

This e-book isn't meant to be a cookbook for compilers, in its place the authors' presentation displays the designated features of compiler layout, specially the life of unique standards of the subtasks. They make investments attempt to appreciate those accurately and to supply enough options for his or her systematic therapy. this is often the 1st booklet in a multivolume set, and the following the authors describe what a compiler does, i.e., what correspondence it establishes among a resource and a aim application. to accomplish this the authors specify an appropriate digital laptop (abstract desktop) and precisely describe the compilation of courses of every resource language into the language of the linked digital desktop for an significant, sensible, good judgment and object-oriented programming language.

This e-book is meant for college kids of desktop technology. wisdom of not less than one valuable programming language is believed, whereas for the chapters at the translation of useful and common sense programming languages it might be priceless to understand a latest useful language and Prolog. The ebook is supported all through with examples, routines and software fragments.

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Conceptually, two more things must be allocated in the stack frame, the actual parameters and the return value of the function. With the actual parameters we have a problem: the programming language C allows the definition of functions with variable-length parameter lists, such as the function printf, whose first parameter is mandatory, while the number of further actual parameters only becomes evident from the call. Within such a function, code generation may only assume that the mandatory parameters are available.

The same operation may be implemented by several instructions that differ in that they expect their operands in the instruction itself or in the constant table. In the latter case, relative addresses are stored in the instruction itself. The compiler, or a downstream assembler in the case of the Zürich P4 compiler, generated different instructions depending on the sizes of the constants and stored the constants in the instructions or the constant table. Open Questions and Further References In this chapter we have specified the translation of a C-like language into a language of a suitable virtual machine.

Possibly) saving the return value, 2. recovering the registers EP and FP, 3. cleaning up the stack and jumping back to the code of the caller. These actions can be executed entirely by the called function. Since we manage the start address of the return value – if it exists – in the address environment, saving the return value can be treated as an assignment. The other two tasks can be merged into the instruction return q (Fig. 31). Here, the constant q equals the number of PC FP EP p q PC FP EP return q p e e PC ← S[ FP]; EP ← S[ FP − 2]; if ( EP ≥ HP) error (“Stack Overflow”); SP ← FP − q; FP ← S[ FP − 1]; Fig.

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