New PDF release: An APL Compiler

By Timothy Budd

ISBN-10: 0387966439

ISBN-13: 9780387966434

ISBN-10: 1461238064

ISBN-13: 9781461238065

Presents the result of an research into the problems raised by way of the improvement of a compiler for APL, a really excessive point computing device programming language. APL provides a couple of novel difficulties for a compiler author: susceptible variable typing, run time adjustments in variable form, and a number of primitive operations. in the course of the integration of numerous lately built compiler development strategies, reminiscent of facts circulate research, and a singular and house effective call for pushed or lazy evaluate method of code iteration, the writer has been in a position to produce a real compiler for the language whereas nonetheless conserving the felxibility and straightforwardness which are the hallmarks of APL.

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11. 3. Interprocedural Analysis With the knowledge that both the arguments A and B in the function copies are integer vectors, we can determine that the result is integer and vector as well. Armed with this fact, plus the knowledge that the argument L to the function spiral is an integer array of rank 2, we can determine that E in line 7 is also an integer array of rank 2. We knew from intraprocedural analysis that the rank of the argument to the function linear was rank 2. Although information about the variable E now permits us to expand this from simply an array into an integer array, this is still not sufficient to determine anything about the result of this function.

When printing an array, most APLs uses the smallest amount of space necessary to display the results neatly. Thus, an array of 0 or 1 values might display as follows: 3. Code Generation Overview 43 100 1 1 0 110 1 o1 o0 1 0 101 1 If one of the values in the array is neither a 0 nor a 1 but instead an integer value, the spacing of the entire output is adjusted accordingly: 1 0 o 1 1 1437 o 0 1 0 o 1 1 o 1 1 o o 1 1 To do this requires that the system save the entire array of values to be output in a temporary location, and compute the maximum size of any element prior to printing the first value.

5. 8 shows a set of functions that, collectively, produce Dlam's "Spiral of Primes" (Perlis and Rugaber 1979). We will use these functions to illustrate the utility of the dataflow algorithms that we have presented in this chapter. In response to a prompt from the input quad (line 20), the user types a small integer, say, for example, 10. The function spiral then computes an N by N array of integer values, arranged so that they spiral outwards from the center. as in: 2. 5 + N -;- 2 E +- L [; ( -1 + N X N) i C + 4 X 0 = C Z +- ( 2 p N ) p ~ LINEAR 1 1 2 Q ( 2 p G) € = (l, -1 !

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