A compiler is a computer program (or set of programs) that transforms source code written in a programming language (the source language) into another computer language (the target language, often having a binary form known as object code).

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Managing types and conversions in a compiler

I am trying to determine how to manage types and conversions between types within a compiler that I am writing. The compiler is being written in C#. There are a number of different kinds of types. ...
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Advantages of tiling based instruction selection algorithms with tiles representing more than one machine instruction?

In Modern Compiler Implementation in C of A. Appel some instruction selection algorithms are discussed based on tiling an intermediate representation tree. Each tile (or tree pattern) expresses a ...
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Should benchmarks (to compare processors performance) be compiled with optimization CFLAGS?

I need to compare performance of 2 processors and I concluded I should benchmark then with several various tests. I'm currently using linpack (HPL) (because it's still well known and used for ...
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Is it always safe to shift bool values?

I stumbled about a Cppcheck warning (an inconclusive one), that I mistakenly used & instead of &&: /// @param code identifies the command. Only the lower 16 bits of are being processed ...
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(almost) Pure C instead of C preprocessor [closed]

Why isn't (almost) pure C used instead of the C preprocessor? Sure I understand it would be a little more verbose. For example: #define PI 3.14159 If we had regular C as preprocessor language, the ...
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Why might it be difficult to make a 64 bit version of a program?

In my short time programming, it has been trivial to compile any of my C++, Java, etc. for either a 32 or 64 bit machine so long as I have the full source for the program. But a lot of software is ...
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What are the caveats of implementing fundamental types (like int) as classes?

When designing and implenting an object-oriented programming language, at some point one must make a choice about implementing fundamental types (like int, float, double or equivalents) as classes or ...
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Can most compilers check for errors? [closed]

I am a beginner at programming; so far all the compilers I have used can check for errors, and can refer to the line with the error. Are there any compilers, maybe for a certain language, that do not ...
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Developing a compiler for a self made CPU Architecture

Recently ive been consumed by creating my own simple CPU architecture that at some point could be easily implemented in hardware (No FPGA, but actual Logic Gate circuits). Naturally to fulfill this ...
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Isn't there a chicken-and-egg issue since GCC is written in C++ itself?

Since 4.8 release, the C++ compiler GCC (the G++ part of it) is written not in C anymore, but in C++ itself. I have a hypothetical question on this. I wonder how to compile the C++ code of GCC on a ...
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Do compilers attach the Garbage Collector to the final executable?

Since the Garbage Collector is part of the language implementation (not OS, etc.), does the compiler has to attach the GC to the final executable? Or is it like a dependency that has to be already ...
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Enumerated types and their interpretation by compilers

It seems to me that a lot, if not most, compilers treat enumerated types as int underneath. In C/gcc, enums are compiled to int. In C#/Visual C#, you can change the underlying data type with something ...
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Creating a sort of 'in-language compiler'

I'm not saying I want to create a whole new compiler that's completely independent. I'm using C# Windows Forms and I want users to be able to write filtering syntax in a textbox withing my managed ...
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Why are self-hosting compilers considered a rite of passage for new languages?

I've heard in a number of places now that people expect languages to use, or at least have, a self-hosting compiler in order to deserve respect. I'm curious as to why this is. A compiler seems like a ...
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Significance of NFA in Compiler Design

While I was studying about Compiler Design it tells that we need 'finite automata' while designing a lexical analyzer like DFA or NFA. So I would like to know whether NFA is only used for conversion ...
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Optimizations in Compiler Design

While studying about Optimization in Compiler Design I went through an article that tells about 'Algebraic Simplification And Reassociation' in optimization.It tells that using this(algebraic ...
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First and Follow Algorithm in Compiler Design

While I was studying Compilers,I saw an example in first and follow that illustrated how to 'find the first and follow' non-terminals in a grammer. But I couldn't get how FOLLOW(E')=FOLLOW(E)={ $ ,) ...
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Do we really need auto-vectorization?

I am trying to understand automatic parallelization and a special case of that is auto vectorization. As I understand it auto-vectorization is more or less: The compiler takes parts of the code which ...
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What advantages are there to using Flex/Bison over just writing a compiler straight in a programming language?

I have written an Interpreter / Compiler simply as a programming algorithm using features such as recursive functions and concepts from finite-State machines. To me, these things are ideally suited to ...
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Best way to handle language interoperability

Background In a language like F#, direct interoperability with most other .NET languages is possible. For example, it is possible to use classes written in C# directly in F#, and it is possible to ...
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When does it make sense to compile my own language to C code first?

When designing an own programming language, when does it make sense to write a converter that takes the source code and converts it to C or C++ code so that I can use an existing compiler like gcc to ...
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Debug symbols change application execution [closed]

I have to set up remote debugging for a multi threaded application running on a embedded device. C++ is the language. I've gotten so far and got the remote debugging working for a simple application, ...
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Why implement a lexer as a 2d array and a giant switch?

I'm slowly working to finish my degree, and this semester is Compilers 101. We're using the Dragon Book. Shortly into the course and we're talking about lexical analysis and how it can be implemented ...
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How do I compile my software for all platforms from Ubuntu Linux 64 bit?

I write a lot of open source software that I make available on my website. How do I get my software compiled for all relevant platforms including: Windows OS X Linux 32 bit deb Linux 64 bit deb ...
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Do compilers un-inline recurrent expressions?

Does a compiler look for recurrent expressions to convert it into 'function' to reduce binary size and improve performance? Of course, the obvious answer might be "some do it, some don't", so I ask ...
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Are C static libraries frowned upon? [closed]

There are 2 arguments for having shared libraries: It helps reduce disk space. When a shared library is updated, all the binaries depending on it get the update. There is mainly one drawback for ...
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Microchip XC8: How to pack code against an upper limit?

I have a project for a PIC16F1454 that needs some custom linking. Basically, I've separated my code into two parts that can be downloaded separately in the field and thus update (almost) all of the ...
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In which stage of compilation is “typedef” resolved by the compiler?

There are different stages of compilation Such as Preprocessing stage Syntax analysis Semantic analysis Intermediate Code generation Machine Code generation Optimization Linking My question here ...
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How does Python compile some its code in C?

I read that some constructs of Python are more efficient because they are compiled in C. https://wiki.python.org/moin/PythonSpeed/PerformanceTips Some of the examples used were map() and filter(). I ...
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How exactly is an Abstract Syntax Tree created?

I think I understand the goal of an AST, and I've built a couple of tree structures before, but never an AST. I'm mostly confused because the nodes are text and not number, so I can't think of a nice ...
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C++ Without Source Files

Bjarne Stroustrup mentions in his book "The C++ Programming Language, 4th Edition" that not all C++ implementations use files to store and compile code: There are systems that do not store, ...
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Does a custom scripting language require it's own compiler/assembler? [closed]

Or is the script generally converted to a known language such as C++ first? And how generally to you integrate a scripting language with the say a game engine?
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What does “context-free” mean in the term “context-free grammar”?

Given the amount of material that tries to explain what a context-free grammar (CFG) is, I found it surprising that very few (in my sample, less than 1 in 20) give an explanation on why such grammars ...
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Writing a superset of a programming language as a transcompiler

My idea is to write a superset of C# (but question is not language-specific), so that it source-to-source compiles (transcompiles) to C# itself (fall-through switch clauses, default method parameters ...
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Why was the first compiler written before the first interpreter?

The first compiler was written by Grace Hopper in 1952 while the Lisp interpreter was written in 1958 by John McCarthy's student Steve Russell. Writing a compiler seems like a much harder problem than ...
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Coding shortcuts for type conversions or similar [closed]

bool? example = null; is actually Nullable<System.Boolean> example = null; Now for the bool to System.Boolean conversion or actually compile-time replacement: We ususally hardly care, as it ...
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Compiler warnings and errors [duplicate]

I come from a C# background before my existing role. I am developing a VB.NET app. The code I inherited had option strict set to off and all other directives set to 'None'. I have recently switched ...
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How to keep AST for feature access?

Consider such code (let's say it is C++) Foo::Bar.get().X How one should keep the AST for this -- as "tree" with root at left Foo(Bar(get(X)), or with root at right (((Foo)Bar)get)X? Or maybe as a ...
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Why isn't there a python compiler to native machine code?

As I understand, the cause of the speed difference between compiled languages and python is, that the first compiles code all way to the native machine's code, whereas python compiles to python ...
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How does an optimizing compiler react to a program with nested loops?

Say you have a bunch of nested loops. public void testMethod() { for(int i = 0; i<1203; i++){ //some computation for(int k=2; k<123; k++){ ...
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How do I simplify a compiler/interpreter?

Recently I wrote an interpreter for operations on sparse matrices (a "sparse matrix calculator") in lex/yacc. The language is still very bare bones and doesn't even include control structures or ...
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Is it possible to implement a native compiler for a 'managed language' such as Java?

In most cases, it is possible to create both a native compiler and an interpreter for a programming language. The compiler would simply convert the source code to machine code, and the interpreter ...
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Storing tokens during lexing stage

I am currently implementing a lexer that breaks XML files up into tokens, I'm considering ways of passing the tokens onto a parser to create a more useful data structure out of said tokens - my ...
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Are (C) object files created with different compilers binary-compatible?

I understand that C++ compilers are not compatible with each other. However, I was unable to find anything on this topic for C in particular. I know that the C standard leaves a lot of room for ...
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LLVM case: is the success due to the algorithms? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is a subjective question, I hope not but I'm not proficient with LLVM so I'm just wondering: how come it's become so popular and so widespread used in the industry? Were the ...
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Is the microsoft C compiler (cl.exe) a compiler driver or a compiler?

gccand clang are both known to be compiler drivers. As such, the gcc executable does not compile anything itself. Rather, it calls the compiler (cc1), assembler (as) and linker (ld) with the right ...
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Why can't we program without compiling (using an IDE/debugger)? [closed]

I find it very interesting that even people who design a particular framework still have to rely on compiling to ensure the code is correct. I don't mean for 100s of lines of code, but 2-10 lines. I ...
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Why do some embedded projects shun cross-compiling?

As I've been getting into embedded systems I've noticed that some projects (Arch Arm and OpenBSD for example) frown upon cross compiling. What is the reasoning for this? Is a cross-compiled binary ...
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How does assembly relate to machine/binary code

How does assembly relate to machine/binary code. For example here is how to print to the screen in mikeOS(a small pure assembly OS), mikeOS it uses NASM to assemble. BITS 16 ORG 32768 ...
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How do we go from assembly to machine code(code generation) [closed]

I know this is abstract as it's all about signals and switch - (electronics) - underneath, but is there a easy way to visualize the step between assembling code to machine code. For example if you ...