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Comprehensive, Yes. Coherent? No., 23. März 2000
There's no doubt that this book is very comprehensive and probably covers just about everything there is to know about compilers. The problem is that it's TOO comprehensive. It radiates it comprehensive. It drips with comprehensivity. If fact, it gets completely bogged down and utterly lost (as will you) in its own comprehensiveness. There's just too much info there.
Furthermore, and even worse, it has some serious organizational problems. It reads like a the author decided to publish the notes he sketched out before actually writing the book. From beginning to end, this book is just a long list of ideas. No real structure. No overarching lessons or conclusions drawn. It's just a 796 page pile of information and it's left up to you to find the good stuff (which, unfortunately makes up about 20% of the book). These guys needed to cut back on trying to cover everything under the sun and work more on giving this book some structure and coherence, which it sorely lacks.