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Modern Compiler Implementation in C by Maia Ginsburg, Andrew W. Appel

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Basic Blocks and Traces

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ca-non-i-cal: reduced to the simplest or clearest schema possible

Webster’s Dictionary

The trees generated by the semantic analysis phase must be translated into assembly or machine language. The operators of the Tree language are chosen carefully to match the capabilities of most machines. However, there are certain aspects of the tree language that do not correspond exactly with machine languages, and some aspects of the Tree language interfere with compile-time optimization analyses.

For example, it’s useful to be able ...

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