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Date: 2006-08-01 (08:44)
From: David MENTRE <david.mentre@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Resources for compiler/interpreter writers

2006/8/1, Jean-Marie Gaillourdet <>:
> I am not sure what kind of information you are interested in. Do you
> know: Andrew W. Appel: "Modern Compiler Implementation in ML" ? It
> covers SML and not Caml or OCaml but I'd say most concepts should be
> translated easily.

Yes, I have a copy of it. But I'm also interested in small compilers
(even with reduced capabilities) like MinCaml that are easier to
understand for a beginner, as well as ML specific items like type
inference, pattern matching, garbage collection, ... That's probably
the most difficult on the compilation topic: there is a lot of books,
articles, etc. but it is sometimes hard for a beginner to determine
the minimal set of knowledge needed to start and the improved
algorithms that can be learned later. For a hobby compiler, one not
necessarily looks for the most efficient algorithms but simpler ones
that are easier to grasp.

Best wishes,