Examining the Compilation Process. Part 1
Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 21:14:41 UTC
Topic: Software


This article, and the one to follow, are based on a Software Development class I taught a few years ago. The students in this class were non-programmers who had been hired to receive bug reports for a compiler product. As Analysts, they had to understand the software compilation process in some detail, even though some of them had never written a single line of code. It was a fun class to teach, so I'm hoping that the subject translates into interesting reading. In this article, I'm going to discuss the process that the computer goes through to compile source code into an executable program. I won't be clouding the issue with the Make environment, or Revision Control, like I necessarily did in the class. For this article, we're only going to discuss what happens after you type gcc test.c.

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