This course will study program representation, analysis, and transformation. Many program-manipulating and -processing tools are based on some or all of these key techniques, including compilers, static analysis and bug-detection tools, optimizers for various query and related languages, partial evaluators, program specializers, and other software engineering tools. This course will study the key principles of these techniques, and it will apply these principles in practice through the course project.
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The Whirlwind compiler, the project infrastructure, is written in Diesel. Diesel is a locally developed, purely object-oriented language. It is closely related to Cecil, an earlier locally developed, purely OO language.