am 23. September 1998
This book is the comprehensive text for anyone working on an optimizing compiler for uniprocessor systems. It gives good detail on all major approaches and is up-to-date on important techniques like SSA form and partial redundancy information. As someone working directly in the field, it's saved me the effort of hunting up original research papers in many areas. One drawback for this book as a practical tool: the pseudocode used to illustrate examples is often pretty far from being suitable for real implementations.
A warning: this is not an introductory book, and people who want to learn about the basics of building a compiler should look elsewhere; perhaps Andrew Appel's ``Modern Compilers'' series. Muchnick's book is for people who want to write compilers which generate high-performance code.
am 24. Mai 1998
I was excited when I first scanned through a friends copy of this book because of its treatment of modern compiler design issues. I ran out, ordered the book, read through it more carefully and realized that it was nothing more than a collection of papers. There would be nothing wrong with this if it were so advertised. The book lacks original analysis. I wouldn't stedfastly say DON'T by this, but, I would say you might be better off just going to your local college CS library and grabbing all the relevant papers referened in the book.