Compiler Design will teach students the fundamental concepts and techniques used for building a simple compiler. Focusing on both theory and practice, we will use a sample language to explore the lexical, syntactic and semantic structures of programming languages, and learn to use those structures in implementing a demonstrative compiler. The discussion will also include the examination of intermediate code states, machine code optimisation techniques and support for advanced language features. At the end of the course, students will understand different considerations and phases of compilation, the impact of language attributes upon the compilation process, the effect of hardware feature on the generated code and the practical fundamentals of compiler implementation.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Specify and analyse the lexical, syntactic and semantic structures of advanced language features
2. Separate the lexical, syntactic and semantic analysis into meaningful phases for a compiler to undertake language translation
3. Write a scanner, parser, and semantic analyser without the aid of automatic generators
4. Turn fully processed source code for a novel language into machine code for a novel computer
5. Describe techniques for intermediate code and machine code optimisation
6. Design the structures and support required for compiling advanced language features.
- Introduction to the theory of grammars
- High level languages and their compilers
- Lexical analysis
- Syntactic analysis
- Semantic analysis
- Object code generation
- Compiling Advanced Language Features
SENG1120 Data Structures
COMP2270 Theory of Computation or ELEC2700 Computer Engineering II
Project: Project Part 1 - Programming in Source Language and Scanner
Project: Project Part 2 - Parser
Project: Project Part 3 - Semantic Analyser & Code Generator
Formal Examination: Formal Examination *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 2
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