MET CS 568 C1-- Introduction to Language Theory and Compilers


Suresh Kalathur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept.
Boston Univeristy Metropolitan College
808 Commonwealth Ave, Room 250
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-358-0006
Fax: 617-353-2367

Course Description

The course covers all the details of a modern compiler including scanning, parsing, syntax and semantic analysis, code generation and optimization. The programming assignments will be based on the syntax of a (subset) programming language. Programming assignments can be done with C/C++ using the ACS Unix account, or Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, or using Java. Practical examples using the compiler principles will be demonstrated.

The course grading will consist of homework problems (theory and programming), a mid term exam (open text), and a final exam (open text).

Course Grading Policy

The course grade will be based on active class participation (10%), assignments (40%), mid term exam (25%), final exam (25%). Assignments are expected to be submitted by their respective due dates. Late submission grades will be scaled with respect to the minimum grade of those submitted on time. The Theory ones will be due the following week. The Programming ones will have two weeks time.

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Student Conduct Code

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Tentative Course Schedule






1 1/17 Introduction
2 1/24 Scanning  
3 1/31 ...Scanning, LEX  
4 2/7 ...Scanning, LEX  
5 2/14 Parsing  
6 2/21 ...Parsing, YACC  
7 2/28 ...Parsing  
8 3/7 Context Sensitive Analysis  
3/14 Spring Recess (No Class)
9 3/21 Mid Term Exam  
10 3/28 Intermediate Representations  
11 4/4 Code Generation
12 4/11 ...Code Generation  
  4/18 Monday Schedule, No Class  
13 4/25 Code Optimization

14 5/2 Code Optimization

15 5/9 Final Exam