Essentials Of Compilation (MIT Press)
Monday, 03 April 2023

Most books about compilers dedicate one chapter to each progressive stage, a structure that hides how language features motivate design choices. By contrast, in this book subtitled An Incremental Approach in Racket, Jeremy G. Siek provides an incremental approach that allows students to write every single line of code themselves.

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Essentials of Compilation guides the reader in constructing their own compiler for a small but powerful programming language, adding complex language features as the book progresses.

Author: Jeremy G. Siek
Publisher: MIT Press
Date: February 2023
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-0262047760
Print: 0262047764
Kindle: ‎ B0B1XZ26GS
Audience: developers interested in compilers
Level: Intermediate
Category: Software Architecture


  • Deconstructs the challenge of compiler construction into bite-sized pieces
  • Enhances learning by connecting language features to compiler design choices
  • Develops understanding of how programs are mapped onto computer hardware
  • Learn-by-doing approach suitable for students and professionals
  • Extensive ancillary resources include source code and solutions

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