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PL Perspectives

Perspectives on computing and technology from and for those with an interest in programming languages.
My First Fifteen Compilers

My First Fifteen Compilers

We sometimes think of the number of passes in a compiler as a measure of the compiler’s complexity. But what if we could make compiler development more approachable by fully embracing the idea that a compiler should be structured as a large number of small passes, each performing a single specific task?