Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools

Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools is a famous computer science textbook by Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, and Jeffrey D. Ullman about compiler construction. Although two decades have passed since the publication of the first edition, it is widely regarded as the classic definitive compiler technology text.

It is known as the Dragon Book because its covers depict a knight and a dragon in battle, a metaphor for conquering complexity. The first edition is informally called the “red dragon book” to distinguish it from the second edition and from Aho & Ullman’s Principles of Compiler Design (1977, sometimes known as the “green dragon book” because the dragon on its cover is green).

A new edition of the book was published in August 2006.

Topics covered in the first edition include:

Second edition

Following in the tradition of its two predecessors, the second edition features a dragon and a knight on its cover, designed by Strange Tonic Productions; for this reason, the series of books is commonly known as the Dragon Books. Different editions in the series are further distinguished by the color of the dragon. This edition is informally known as the purple dragon. Monica S. Lam of Stanford University became the fourth co-author with this edition.

The second edition includes several additional topics that are not covered in the first edition. New topics include

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