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The textbook for this class is Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools (2nd Edition), by Alfred V. Aho, Monica S. Lam, Ravi Sethi, and Jeffrey D. Ullman.
Requirements for the course consist of one or two exams and completion of a large programming project. Note that we may not cover all the reading in class, but you are responsible for all assigned readings (see Schedule of Readings and Exams) and all material covered in class.
Currently, the plan is to have a single exam, scheduled for April 12 (date highly subject to change) that covers primarily the material on top-down and bottom-up parsing in Ch. 4.1-4.8 of the textbook. A second exam may also be given (date TBA), in which case each exam is worth 20% of the grade.
The project consists of implementing a compiler front-end, in four parts: lexical analysis routines, a parser, symbol table management routines, and semantic routines. Each piece must be integrated with what has been completed previously. The project will be implemented in Java. It is strongly recommended that you use IntelliJ IDEA, a powerful IDE for Java development that is free for educational use.
Due dates are as follows:
Tuesday February 23
Friday March 11
Symbol Table Routines
Friday April 1
Complete compiler with semantic actions
Wednesday, May 18
There will be no exceptions to the final due date.
Please follow the Submission instructions when handing assignments in.
The lexical analyzer, parser, and symbol table routines each count for 10% of the final grade (i.e., 50% of the project grade), and the semantic actions for 30% (50% of the project grade). Assignments and the exam are each graded on a 100 point scale.
Your compiler front-end will parse and generate intermediate code for a subset of the Pascal language. The code you will generate is interpreted and executed by The Vassar Interpreter. Detailed specifications for each phase of the compiler project will be provided as each is assigned.
This is a large project and you should regard it as on-going over the semester. It is not a trivial exercise and cannot be put off for a week’s intensive effort at the end of the semester. The following rules apply: Project pieces must be handed in on the due date or be subject to the following penalty: if handed in up to 3 days late, a penalty of 5 points; 4-7 days late, 10 point penalty. After 7 days an automatic grade of 0 is given. There will be no exceptions.
The following schedule is provisory and may be subject to changes. You are responsible for keeping yourself informed of the possible evolution in content and schedule. The appropriate chapter of textbooks is generally required to be read before the corresponding class. You are responsible for keeping up with the reading and for all material covered in class (some of which may not be in the book). This includes classnotes, assignments, handouts, additional readings, etc. If you miss a class for any reason you are responsible for making arrangements with classmates to provide you with all information disseminated in class that day.
Ch. 1, 2.1-2.5
Ch. 2.6, 3.1-3.5, 3.8
Ch. 2.7, 7.1-7.3
Ch. 2.8, 6.1-3
Ch. 6.4-6.5, 7.1-7.4
Ch. 9.1-9.4, 8.4-8.5, 8.7-8.8
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Academic accommodations are available for students registered with the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO). Students in need of disability (ADA/504) accommodations should schedule an appointment with me early in the semester to discuss any accommodations for this course that have been approved by the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, as indicated in your AEO accommodation letter.