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Title: Compilers, the forgotten subject?
Authors: Milne, Allan C.
McAdam, Eilidh V.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Computing & Engineering Systems
Keywords: Compiling
Recursive-descent
Object orientation
Compiler toolkit
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: Information and Computer Science Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the published version of this article. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. Published version (c)Information and Computer Science Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy, available from http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/italics/vol10iss2.htm
Citation: Milne, A.C. and McAdam, E.V. 2011. Compilers, the forgotten subject? ITALICS. 10(2). Available from http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/italics/vol10iss2.htm
Abstract: The teaching of compiler construction and language theory is absent from many current computing degrees, the rationale being that they are now irrelevant to modern software engineering practice. In this paper a case is made for the inclusion of at least certain aspects of compiler construction and language theory in computing degrees to support and reinforce the acquisition of software development and software engineering knowledge and skills in an object-oriented context. An outline curriculum based around the recursive-descent methodology is proposed and a component toolkit is described that supports the delivery of this curriculum. Small languages, formal methods and object-orientation consolidation are identified as evidence of the applicability of compiler teaching to the wider software engineering context.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1027
ISSN: 1473-7507
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