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Principles of Compiler Design (Addison-Wesley series in computer science and information processing)

Alfred V. Aho, Jeffrey D. Ullman · 3 HN comments
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As someone pointed out in that thread, the original version of the "Dragon Book" was out in 1977, making it 45 years old:

https://twitter.com/vinodg/status/1497632140254609408

I used it in a compiler class in college in 1980, and it was already known as the "Dragon Book" back then.

You can still buy a used copy on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Principles-Compiler-Addison-Wesley-in...

I also enjoyed the green "Dragon Book" [1] on compilers, by Aho and Ullman. I think it must have been thirty years ago, or more, though.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Principles-Compiler-Addison-Wesley-in...

skyde
agreed! reading this book at a 11 years old completely changed the way i use data structure and write code today.
jes
That’s cool. I was mid-20s. I was fortunate to be able to work on UNIX systems at the time, doing language systems work.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Writing games are a really fun way to learn to program. The best way to learn how is to find an open source game that you like, figure out how to build it, then start modifying the game to your personal taste.

Learning the basics of writing compilers will be surprisingly helpful for all kinds of programming tasks. The Dragon Book is the best:

https://www.amazon.com/Compilers-Principles-Techniques-Tools...

Too bad the prices are so high for it. The original version is much cheaper:

https://www.amazon.com/Principles-Compiler-Addison-Wesley-in...

Learning calculus is a great way to train your mind to think better.

JaDogg
Thank you for the reply. This is valuable and actionable advice.
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