Compilers and Interpreters

  • Oliver Grillmeyer
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Computer Science book series (UTCS)


A compiler is a program that translates statements in one language into equivalent statements in another language. Typically, compilers translate programs written in a high-level language into programs that perform that same task in machine language. These machine-language programs can then be run on the computer. A cross-compiler produces machine language that is to be run on a different machine than the one on which the compiler runs. This is helpful when the computer for which the machine language is being produced is not readily available (e.g., a developmental machine).


Function Call Parse Tree Assembly Language Program Counter Assembly Code 
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Additional Reading

  1. Aho, A.V., Sethi, R., and Ullman, J.D. (1986). Compilers, Principles, Techniques, and Tools, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA.Google Scholar
  2. Aho, A.V. and Ullman, J.D. (1977). Principles of Compiler Design, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA.Google Scholar
  3. Wilhelm, R. and Maurer, D. (1995). Compiler Design, Addison-Wesley, Harlow, England.zbMATHGoogle Scholar
  4. Wirth, N. (1996). Compiler Construction, Addison-Wesley, Harlow, England.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Grillmeyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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