Compiler Design and Translation Technique

Programme course, 6 credits

  • Period : 2026-January-19 until 2026-March-29
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 25%
  • Main field of study: Computer Science
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  • Education level: G1F
  • Language of instruction: The course is taught primarily in Swedish, but teaching in English may occur.
  • Course code: DV1655
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Compiler Design and Translation Technique, 6 credits

Most of the programs that we write are written using a high-level programming language, whereas the hardware understands only low-level code (binary instructions). Compilers are software program that can translate a program written in one language (usually a high-level language, that is called a source language) into an equivalent program in another language (usually a lower-level language such as assembly, known as target language). The assembler then is responsible to generate the binary code from an assembly code. It is common for compilers to be used for translation from one high-level (source) language to another high-level (target) language, such compilers are called source-to-source compilers. Understanding how different compilation phases are designed and implemented (including lexing, parsing, type-checking, code generation, interpretation) and the application of different translation techniques is essential for the advanced programmer that might be willing to perform any extensions to the existing programming languages or optimalizations to existing compilers. Additionally, this course guides students through the steps needed to design new domain-specific languages and develop their corresponding compilers. Furthermore, the techniques used in translation and compiling are also applicable in many other areas, where the knowledge of this subject is particularly useful.

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