TA: Yingxin Jiang
Email: yjiang3 at nd dot edu
Office: 214 Cushing
Office Hours: 4-5PM Mondays, 11-12AM Tuesdays
This class will introduce students to the theory and practice of compilers. Students will construct a working compiler that transforms C into x86 assembly. This project will proceed in four steps, requiring the construction of a scanner, parser, type checker, and code generator. More theoretical topics will be explored in lectures and written assignments and evaluated in exams.
This will be an exciting and very challenging course for advanced undergraduates as well as graduate students. Compilers cover a broad array of topics in computer science, ranging from the abstract theory of automata to the very practical details of assembly languages. In addition, students will gain experience with tools and techniques for software engineering. Students completing this course will gain a broad range of skills valuable in both the job market and in graduate studies.
Course Web Page:http://www.cse.nd.edu/~dthain/courses/cse40243/fall2008
Assignments, announcements, and other critical information will be posted to the course web page. Students are responsible for checking the page periodically for new material.
Course Mailing List: http://listserv.nd.edu/archives/cse40243-01-fa08.html
Announcements and discussion of course projects will take place on the course mailing lists. All students are responsible for keeping a valid email address on file with the registrar and checking new messages regularly
Paper assignments should be brought to class. Programming assignments will be turned in electronically by copying all required files to a "dropbox" directory. You are free to turn in assignments multiple times before the deadline expires. It would be a good habit to turn in an incomplete but working assignment on a daily basis. Thus, there is no excuse for failing to turn in an assignment: everyone should turn in something long before the deadline. Exceptions will be made only in grave circumstances.
For each assignment, a numeric grade will be assigned. Throughout the semester, students will be advised of their numeric grades and the class average. At the end of the semester, number grades will be converted to letter grades.
If a student believes that an error has been made in grading an item, it must be brought to the attention of the TA within seven days after the item has been returned. Factual and clerical errors will be cheerfully corrected. Matters of judgement are left to the TA's discretion. The student may appeal any decision to the instructor, but it is very unlikely for the instructor to over-rule the TA's decisions.
Grades will be weighted as follows:
You may exchange general advice and assist other classmates with debugging localized problems. However, each student must write their own code from scratch. Copying code from other sources is expressly prohibited. If you are not sure whether a certain activity would be considered "advice" or "copying", then you should assume that is not permitted.
You must read and abide by the Academic Code of Honor.