A compiler is a computer program that transforms source code written in one programming language into another computer language.

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Brief explanation for executables in a GNU/Clang Toolchain?

I roughly understand that cc, ld and other parts are called in a certain sequence according to schemes like Makefiles etc. Some of those commands are used to generate those configs and Makefiles. And ...
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Do compilers have to be written for each model of CPU?

Do you need to take account of the different processors and their instructions when writing a compiler? Have instructions been standardised? Or what tools and techniques are available to assist with ...
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How to write a very basic compiler

Advanced compilers like gcc compile codes into machine readable files according to the language in which the code has been written (e.g. C, C++, etc). In fact, they interpret the meaning of each codes ...
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Can I get a C++ Compiler to instantiate objects at compile time

I am writing some code that has a very large number of reasonably simple objects and I would like them the be created at compile time. I would think that a compiler would be able to do this, but I ...
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How are operators organized in memory

How are operators organized/saved in the memory in context of a programming language. Are they procedures/functions saved somewhere and compilers just manipulate things to call these procs whenever ...
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Programming Language Parser (in Java) - What would be a better design alternative for a special case?

Background I'm currently designing my own programming language as a research project. I have most of the grammar done and written down as context-free grammar, and it should be working as is. - Now ...
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Why is it called Just In Time?

I know what the JIT compiler is but how about why is it called that, it obviously catches exceptions Just in Time, but how and why should it be called this? Sorry if this sounds a bit vague.
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Understanding hand written lexers

I am going to make a compiler for C (C99; I own the standards PDF), written in C (go figure) and looking up on how compilers work on Wikipedia has told me a lot. However, after reading up on lexers ...
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How compilers know about other classes and their properties?

I'm writing my first programming language that is object orientated and so far so good with create a single 'class'. But, let's say I want to have to classes, say ClassA and ClassB. Provided these ...
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Is there a more modern program than lex or yacc, which does not require JVM?

Is there a "modern" bison and flex equivalent which does not require the JVM or .NET or similar "heavy" runtimes? Thanks for comments, edit: By modern, I mean for example Antlr and another one in ...
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Is there a language that transcompiles to C with a better syntax? [closed]

CoffeeScript is a language with a very clean Ruby-like syntax that transcompiles to JavaScript. Does the same thing exists with C? Then writing more readable and as fast as original C programs would ...
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what's the most efficient emacs workflow for compilation and interactive execution cycles (C++/makefile)

I try not to cross-post, but the only response I got at stack-exchange was to post here... What's the preferred practice for a compile-run cycle in emacs? Previously, I used alt-x compile (mapped to ...
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Converting ANTLR AST to Java bytecode using ASM

I am currently trying to write my own compiler, targeting the JVM. I have completed the parsing step using Java classes generated by ANTLR, and have an AST of the source code to work from (An ANTLR ...
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Should a standard include header be specified in each file or as a compiler parameter?

I've got a file such as this: #ifndef STDINCLUDE #define STDINCLUDE #include <memory> #include <stdexcept> #endif I want this file to be included in every header file, because I use ...
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What would be the best way to learn about compilers, and executable formats? [duplicate]

I want to write my own compiler for my own language. Yes, it's going to be hard, and it will take long, but I think it will be worth it. I have looked into OSDev.org, and read about executable ...
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Methods on packaging an assembler with compiler

I am planning on creating a compiler that will generate assembly, that is as far as I really want to go with this project (don't want to create the object files myself or any of the machine code). ...
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How is type checked in a dynamic language interpreter/compiler, such as JavaScript?

In dynamic languages, such as JavaScript or Python, the type of a variable is determined at runtime. This is one reason why they are slower than typed languages such as Java. How is type checking ...
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What programs emit C++ code and pass it to mainstream compilers?

I suspect there're programs that instead of emitting machine code instead emit C++ code and then start a mainstream C++ compiler to compile it to machine code. I can't find any notable examples ...
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How do I know if the compiler broke my code and what do I do if it was the compiler?

Once in a while C++ code will not work when compiled with some level of optimization. It may be compiler doing optimization that breaks the code or it may be code containing undefined behavior which ...
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Where could SPMD parallel programming be used in a Compiler?

I have little knowledge about the subjects of compiler construction and parallel programming, so please bear with me. This is a course about compiler construction, and we are asked to learn CUDA while ...
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Idea for a domain specific language or DLR port?

I have my undergraduate final year project coming up and am very interested in lexers, parsers, compilers and so on. I would like to use the DLR (.NET 4.0 dynamic language runtime) for my ...
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What are the advantages of the Intel C++ compiler? [duplicate]

What are the advantages over the Intel C++ Compiler over the (much cheaper) free alternatives, such as gcc?
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How easy should a language development framework be to use?

This is part of a series of questions which focuses on a project called the Abstraction Project, which aims to abstract the concepts used in language design in the form of a framework. Another ...
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Compiler time versus programmer time [closed]

I want to briefly discuss managed or interpreted languages. It's said that they're worth developing in, because the CPU time is worth less than the programmer time required to develop in a faster ...
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Does the source language matter for your first (few) compilers? [closed]

I've been very interested in writing compilers but have been scared off by the complexity of it. I've finally took the plunge and started writing my first compiler and the language I picked is ...
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General rules for writing a X compiler to Z in Y

Suppose X is the input language, Z is the output language, then f is the compiler, which is written in language Y. f = X -> Z Since f is only a program, I think Y can be any language, right? So ...
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What is the history of the C compiler?

When we say that "Dennis Ritchie developed C language", do we mean that he has created a compiler (using an 'already' developed other language) which can compile the source code written in C language? ...
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Cross-library and cross-programming-environment support

Often people talk about cross-platform compatibility, but is it possible to write such "universal code" that would work both in browser, in desktop, on opengl, on webgl, and on html5 canvas-object? ...
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Why isn't anyone talking about parallel compilation for .Net?

Builds are slow and take time. We can get MSBuild to parallelize them, but only on a single machine, not across a cluster. Why hasn't anyone come up with clustered build solutions in the .Net space? I ...
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Do you read C or C++ compile errors after the first one?

I never understood why C and C++ compilers try to recover from errors and continue parsing. Almost always, the first error generates a stream of bogus errors that will disappear as soon as the first ...
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Learning to implement dynamically typed language compiler [closed]

I'm interested in learning how to create a compiler for a dynamically typed language. Most compiler books, college courses and articles/tutorials I've come across are specifically for statically typed ...
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Aren't there compilers better at telling the programmer what's wrong in a code?

I have worked a little while with the Microsoft compiler from Visual C++ but I worked a long time with G++, and I remember often having bad times understanding what was wrong in my code with the ...