CS 440 Language Processors - Spring 2008
Dr. Elizabeth White
Office: S&T II, Rm. 429
Class web site: http://cs.gmu.edu/~white/CS440
This course will cover the theoretical and implementation aspects of language
processing. Emphasis will be on the design and construction of compilers.
There are several substantial programming assignments associated with this
Syntax Analysis - grammars, LL(1) parsers, LR(1) parsers
Code generation and optimization
Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools, Aho, Sethi, Lam & Ullman
lex & yacc, Levine et. al.
There will be 3 programming assignments, together worth 40% (10+15+15) of your grade.
These are to be individual efforts, meaning no sharing of code or
discussion of problem solution allowed with anyone but me or the TA. See the class website for the late policy.
- Homework (10% of your grade) will be assigned periodically. Homework may be done individually or in groups. Late homework will
be accepted with a penalty of 20% per day.
There will be a midterm exam during the semester, worth 25% of your grade.
The final exam, worth 25% of your grade, will be commulative with the primary
emphasis (70-90%) on the material not tested in earlier exams.
All exams are closed book.
You must have a written
excuse (doctor's note, for example) to miss an exam. I reserve the right
to give oral makeup exams in lieu of written.
It has been my experience that time is the biggest determiner of your final
grade in this class. I suggest that you start assignments when I hand them
out. They often take more time than you think.
You are expected to abide by the honor code. Programming assignments and
exams are individual efforts. Information on the university honor code
can be found in the university catalog
This semester I will probably be using similarity detection software to
assist me in finding honor code violations, should they occur.