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    DescriptionThe control and data flow of a program can be represented using continuations, a concept from denotational semantics that has practical application in real compilers. This book shows how continuation-passing style is used as an intermediate representation on which to perform optimisations and program transformations. Continuations can be used to compile most programming languages. The method is illustrated in a compiler for the programming language Standard ML. However, prior knowledge of ML is not necessary, as the author carefully explains each concept as it arises. This is the first book to show how concepts from the theory of programming languages can be applied to the producton of practical optimising compilers for modern languages like ML. This book will be essential reading for compiler writers in both industry and academe, as well as for students and researchers in programming language theory.


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    Title
    Compiling with Continuations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew W. Appel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 173 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521033114
    ISBN 10: 052103311X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.2
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16320
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: QA
    B&T General Subject: 227
    Abridged Dewey: 005
    Ingram Subject Code: XL
    BISAC V2.8: COM051230
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Libri: I-XL
    BISAC V2.8: COM051010
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: UMC
    BISAC V2.8: COM010000
    DC22: 005.453
    DC20: 005.453
    B&T Approval Code: A93607000
    LC classification: QA76.76.C65 A67 1992
    Thema V1.0: UMX, UMC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    19 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    12 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    "I recommend the book to language designers and implementors specializing in the functional paradigm." F.G. Pagan, Computing Reviews
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements; 1. Overview; 2. Continuation-passing style; 3. Semantics of the CPS; 4. ML-specific optimizations; 5. Conversion into CPS; 6. Optimization of the CPS; 7. Beta expansion; 8. Hoisting; 9. Common subexpressions; 10. Closure conversion; 11. Register spilling; 12. Space complexity; 13. The abstract machine; 14. Machine-code generation; 15. Performance evaluation; 16. The runtime system; 17. Parallel programming; 18. Future directions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.