archives

Frances: A Tool For Understanding Code Generation


Home 

About 

Browse 

Search 

Register 

Subscriptions 

Deposit Papers 

Help
    

Sondag, Tyler, Pokorny, Kian and Rajan, Hridesh (2009) Frances: A Tool For Understanding Code Generation. Technical Report 09-21, Computer Science, Iowa State University.

Full text available as:Adobe PDF

Abstract

Compiler and programming language implementation courses are integral parts of many computer science curricula. However, the range of topics necessary to teach in such a course are difficult for students to understand and time consuming to cover. In particular, code generation is a confusing topic for students unfamiliar with low level target languages. We present Frances, a tool for helping students understand code generation and low level languages. The key idea is to graphically illustrate the relationships between high level language constructs and low level (assembly) language code. By illustrating these relationships, we take advantage of the students existing understanding of some high level language. We have used Frances in a compiler design course and received highly positive feedback. Students conveyed to us that Frances significantly helped them to understand the concepts necessary to implement code generation in a compiler project.

Keywords:Frances, Code Generation, Compilers, Visualization
Subjects:Software: PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES (E)
Software: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: Language Constructs and Features (E.2)
Computing Milieux: COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION
Computing Milieux: COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION: Computer and Information Science Education
ID code:00000615
Deposited by:Tyler Sondag on 24 August 2009



Contact site administrator at: ssg@cs.iastate.edu