CMSC 430, Fall 2013

Introduction to Compilers

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Jeff Foster 3423 AVW jfoster at cs MW 3:15-4:30pm
Matías Marenchino 1112 AVW matiasm at cs Tu 1-3pm, Th 3-5pm

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Today's programming languages give programmers unprecedented power and flexibility, and yet sometimes they are still not enough. There are many occasions when it is possible to encode the solution to a programming problem in an existing language, but at the cost of significant effort, loss of elegance and clarity, and reduced maintainability. In these cases, often the best way to solve a problem is to develop a new language that makes the solution easy to express correctly, succinctly, and maintainably. Examples of such languages range from "little" ones like Make, XML, JSON, YAML, Wiki, bash, Windows .ini files, autoconf, etc., to "big" ones like Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, R, MATLAB, etc. All of these languages were invented because existing languages just weren't good enough, and in the course of your career, you also may find yourself needing to invent a new programming language!

The goal of CMSC 430 is to arm students with the ability to design, implement, and extend a programming language. Throughout the course, students will design and implement several related languages, and will explore parsing, syntax querying, dataflow analysis, compilation to bytecode, type systems, and language interoperation.

Lecture Location 2107 CSIC (subject to change until the start of the semester)
Lecture Time MW 2:00-3:15pm
Midterm Exam 1 Wed, Oct 16, in class
Midterm Exam 2 Wed, Nov 20, in class
Final Exam Thu, Dec 19, 1:30-3:30pm, 3117 CSIC (confirmed---note room change)
Textbooks There are no required or recommended texts. See the resources page for useful online links.

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