$2,500

Write a Compiler (in Python)

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Dabeaz LLC

5412 N Clark Street #218

Chicago, IL 60640

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[5 days] Come to Chicago and shatter your brain by writing a compiler for a new programming language! Why? Because it's fun and you'll learn a lot. In this workshop, you'll undertake the same intense coding project typically given to graduate computer science students in their first-year compilers course. Major topics include:

  • Regular expressions
  • Lexing
  • Parsing and parser generators
  • Syntax directed translation
  • Abstract syntax trees
  • Type systems and type checking.
  • Code generation
  • Optimization

By the end of the course, you will be able to take a small language and have it compile to executable programs via LLVM. The resulting code will have performance comparable to programs written in C. You'll also see how to make a Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler.

More information is available at http://www.dabeaz.com/compiler.html

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What are the prerequisites?

The compiler is written in Python. You don't need to be a Python super-expert, but you should be comfortable with most core Python features including functions, modules, classes, exceptions, and built-in data types. In addition, prior experience using a compiler (e.g., C, C++, Java, Go, etc.) is highly advised. Knowledge of data structures (trees and graphs), algorithms (tree traversal, recursion), and computer architecture (instruction sets, assembly code) will also be useful.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can send email to dave@dabeaz.com



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