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 CSE 401, AU '07: Introduction to Compiler Construction
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 Syntactic Analysis
 Semantic Analysis
 Intermediate Representation
 Code Generation
 Runtime Systems
Getting Started
 Project Description
 Setting Up SVN
 Project Code
 Homework #1
 Homework #2
 Project #1
 Project #2
 Project #3
 Project #4
 Project #5

Time:MWF 12:30-1:20
Place:JHN 111

Instructor:Larry Snyder (snyder)
 Office hours: MW, 1:30-2:00, CSE 584
TA:Steven Balensiefer (alaska)
 Office hours: Th, 1:30-3:30, CSE 216

Class Email: cse401 at cs. Your Subscription  
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Project: The project involves turning a toy compiler into an (almost) real one. You will work in teams of 2. Each project milestone will be graded on correctness, coding style, and completeness of test cases. See assignment links for details.


The midterm will take place in class on Oct 26th


  • Homework: 15%
  • Midterm: 15%
  • Final: 25%
  • Course project: 40%
  • Class participation: 5%
  • (relative weight tentative)

Late Policy

  • Each student has three late days to use over the course of the quarter, without penalty. Beyond that, 25% will be deducted from an assignment's grade for each calendar day it is late. Assignments are due at the start of class, unless otherwise noted. Late days are for you to use to manage unavoidable conflicts in your own schedule; excuses for late work beyond the three late days will not be accepted.


Required Text: Cooper & Torczon, Engineering a Compiler.
Also useful: Aho, Sethi, & Ullman, Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools .

Catalog Description:

Fundamentals of compilers and interpreters; symbol tables, lexical analysis, syntax analysis, semantic analysis, code generation, and optimization for general purpose programming languages. No credit to students who have taken 413.

Exams: The final exam is TBD.
Prerequisites: CSE 322; CSE 326; CSE 341; CSE 378.
Credits: 3

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