Automatic Program Analysis

This course replaces the course on Compiler Construction as given in course years up to 2018-19. Since the content is largely the same, you cannot have both courses on your final course list.

Because of this the website is still undergoing recontruction.

Computer programs are usually written in a so-called high-level programming language, such as C, Java, or Haskell. Execution of such programs requires either a compiler or an interpreter for the language.

In its most general form, a compiler is a piece of software that takes as input a program written in a certain (usually: high-level) language and produces as output a translation of that program into another (more low-level) language. Examples include: compilers that translate C programs into machine code for an IA-32 processor; compilers that translate Java programs into bytecode instructions for the Java Virtual Machine; but also: software for translating Latex documents into HTML.

In this course, we study aspects of compilers. We do so by considering some of the language constructs that typically appear in modern imperative and functional programming languages, and by looking at what kind of analyses these constructs require in order to be compiled. We delve into formalisms, tools, and programming techniques that are particulary well-suited for crafting static analyzers.

The course consists largely of the following four advanced topics in compiler construction:

The practical assignments are all to be performed in Haskell, and we expect students to be familiar with that language (for example, by doing our bachelor course on Functional Programming). If you don’t know Haskell you are at very significant disadvantage compared to your fellow students. Familiarity with aspects of parsing and lexing (for example, by doing our bachelor course on Talen en Compilers) may be useful during the practicals.