am 8. September 1999
This is a very good book on modern compilers. It covers some crucial tochniques that the Dragon Book does not, such as pipelining, handling superscalar and RISC processors, tail recursion, polymorphism and OO languages, etc. These things were unknown when the Dragon Book was written. Its treatment of compiler basics is not as good as that in the Dragon Book, but the additional material makes it about as valuable. NOTE: This is a theory book, not a cookbook. You are not buying code, you are buying a reference you can use when writing code. You will still have to do your own thinking and your own coding.
am 10. August 1999
Not so bad, not so good... it has good topics, but there are not implementation of how to build it, the small number of sample have some unique (rare) style... if you intent to write your first compiler this is NOT your book, if you already made one and pass for some frustating issues then this is your book...
am 29. März 1999
If you already know how a compiler operates, this book isn't for you. That's basically all this book covers, no emphasis on actual code.
In fact, the author is pressing you to use other programs like Lex to create parts of your compiler for you. Well, you certainly won't learn anything unless you do the work yourself.
This book was nothing but compiler theory, and no implementation. Lots of references to code (which often changes), and you have no clue where it is.
You can even download the code for the book, but it won't help. The code itself is written in sloppy form, too.