Subject: Re: Book reccomendations needed
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 03:45:08 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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John Connors  <> wrote:
| I'm looking for a book (or articles) that will help me understand the
| techniques used in a modern (cf SBCL/CMUCL) lisp compiler. ...
| I'm more interested in low level issues like linking - or whatever
| the lisp equivalent is, symbol table and
| freestore management and garbage collection...

You might want to look at "Design of CMU Common Lisp", edited
by Robert A. MacLachlan (2003), which can be found in the
CMUCL distribution, or here:

While incomplete in many places [despite its 122 pages], if you're
generally familiar with compiler design you may find it interesting.
It does at least cover all of the major phases of the compiler, and
discusses a number of the optimizations used. You will probably need
a copy of the CMUCL sources at hand to make much sense of it, though.
[The CMUCL compiler is written extirely in CMUCL, except for a *very*
small amount of C & assembler.]


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