Build Your Own Programming Language 2nd Ed (Packt)
Friday, 09 February 2024

Written by Clinton L Jeffery, the creator of the Unicon programming language, this book will show you how to implement domain-specific programming languages to reduce the time and cost of creating applications for new or specialized areas of computing. Jeffrey starts with implementing the frontend of a compiler for your language, including a lexical analyzer and parser, including the handling of parse errors.


The book then covers a series of traversals of syntax trees, culminating with code generation for a bytecode virtual machine or native code. It also shows how to manage data structures and output code when writing a preprocessor or a transpiler.

Author: Clinton L Jeffery
Publisher: Packt
Date: January 2024
Pages: 556
ISBN: 978-1804618028
Print: 1804618020
Kindle: B0C1LHBKXM
Audience: developers of domain-specific languages
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Category: Methodology


Topics covered:

  • Analyze requirements for your language and design syntax and semantics.
  • Write grammar rules for common expressions and control structures.
  • Build a scanner to read source code and generate a parser to check syntax.
  • Implement syntax-coloring for your code in IDEs like VS Code.
  • Write tree traversals and insert information into the syntax tree.
  • Implement a bytecode interpreter and run bytecode from your compiler.
  • Write native code and run it after assembling and linking using system tools.
  • Preprocess and transpile code into another high-level language

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