Skip to main content

Introduction

Abstract

In its most general form, a compiler is a program that accepts as input a program text in a certain language and produces as output a program text in another language, while preserving the meaning of that text. This process is called translation, as it would be if the texts were in natural languages. Almost all compilers translate from one input language, the source language, to one output language, the target language, only. One normally expects the source and target language to differ greatly: the source language could be C and the target language might be machine code for the Pentium processor series. The language the compiler itself is written in is the implementation language.

Keywords

  • Information Item
  • Parse Tree
  • Source Language
  • Syntax Tree
  • Sentential Form

These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4699-6_1
  • Chapter length: 51 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-4699-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD   139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Grune, D., van Reeuwijk, K., Bal, H.E., Jacobs, C.J.H., Langendoen, K. (2012). Introduction. In: Modern Compiler Design. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-4699-6_1

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-4699-6_1

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, New York, NY

  • Print ISBN: 978-1-4614-4698-9

  • Online ISBN: 978-1-4614-4699-6

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)