From Source Code To Machine Code
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From Source Code To Machine Code

Build Your Own Compiler From Scratch

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Ever wondered how computers turn source code into working software? You can learn the art by building your own mini-compiler.

A succinct book walks through a minimal yet complete compiler implementation. Compiles a static-typed language into x64 ELF executables.


Web version of the interpreter chapters.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Interpreter

    A Simple Calculator
    Interpreter: Variables and Scopes
    Interpreter: Control Flows and Functions

Part II: Bytecode Compiler

    How Computers Work
    The Virtual Machine and Bytecode
    Compiler: Variables and Expressions
    Compiler: Control Flows
    Compiler: Functions and Non-Local Variables

Part III: Machine Code

    A Crash Course on x64 Assembly
    The x64 Instruction Encoding
    From Virtual Machine to Real Machine
    Binary Executables
    Pointers and Memory

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