This class is aimed at graduate students, seniors, and ambitious juniors who are strong/competent programmers. The pre-requisite for this course for undergraduates is CS/ECE 250 (or CS 104 or ECE 152 under the old numbering scheme). Graduate students should have a comparable background—they should be comfortable with programming, data structures, and MIPS assembly. Graduate students who lack such a background should certainly have complete mastery over the material in ECE 550 and/or ECE 551, with 650 and 651 strongly recommended.
I will assume you are a completely capable programmer at the start of this course.
This course is significant work: you will write a compiler from start to finish. For students who are adequately prepared for this course, this is an exciting, fulfilling, and fun experience. For students who are not prepared, this is not the course to learn to program in.
- The course syllabus (Spring 2021: future semesters may differ).
- SML intro and warmup exercises
- We will be using Piazza for class discussions/questions etc. I will also post various announcements, assignment corrections/clarifications, and so forth here.
- Old exams from previous semesters:
Spring 2014 Practice Midterm Solutions Spring 2014 Practice Final Solutions Spring 2014 Midterm Exam Spring 2015 Midterm Exam Spring 2016 Midterm Exam Spring 2017 Midterm Exam Spring 2018 Midterm Exam
This is what I expect for a schedule, but (except for exam dates) is subject to change:
|Tuesday Lecture||Thursday Lecture|
|Jan 19: (no class: Winter Break)||Jan 21: Intro/SML|
|Jan 26: Regexps||Jan 28: Lexers|
|Feb 2: LL Parsing||Feb 4: LR Parsing|
|Feb 9: LR Parsing/ML-yacc||Feb 11: ASTs, Symbol tables|
|Feb 16: Static Analysis||Feb 18: Static Analysis|
|Feb 23: Sub-typing||Feb 25: Polymorphic type inference|
|Mar 2: Stacks & Procedure Linkage||Mar 4: AST to IR|
|Mar 9: (no class)||Mar 11: AST to IR|
|Mar 16: Catchup/Review/etc||Mar 18: Midterm Exam|
|(no spring break this year)||(no spring break this year)|
|Mar 23: Instruction Selection||Mar 25: Data flow, liveness|
|Mar 30:Register Allocation||April 1: Register Allocation (cont'd)|
|April 6: Dataflow Revisited||April 8: Dataflow (cont'd)|
|April 13: Loops||April 15: Garbage Collection|
|April 20: Catchup, Review, or Compiler Hacking Day||April 22: Catchup, Review, or Compiler Hacking Day|