November 9th, 2007, 07:42 PM
Need Help Writing a C compiler...
Alright, I'm writing a C compiler "for the hell of it", and I'm using Flex/Bison as my lexer/parser combo. It works pretty well so far, but I'm rather lost when it comes to the abstract syntax tree implementation.
All I really want to do is have a simple translator from C to MMIX assembly language that has absolutely no optimization. My motivation is because I'd like to: 1) have a C-to-MMIXAL "compiler", 2) have it demonstrate the efficiency of algorithms and code.
That's why I don't want to use the GCC, because even if you write crappy code it will be optimized so you wouldn't notice unless you wrote really crappy code.
Perhaps using Yacc/Bison is too heavy duty for this job, perhaps a simple perl/python/<insert your favorite scripting language> script would do? (It could even use the system's preprocessor that way...) I heard through the grapevine that it would be a "solid day of Perl hacking" to write something like this, so perhaps this would be the way to go?
Thoughts and feedback would be greatly appreciated
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