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A Simple Separate Compilation Mechanism for Block-Structured Languages

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2 Author(s)
Le Blanc, Richard J. ; School of Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332. ; Fischer, Charles N.

A very simple and efficient technique for the introduction of separate compilation facilities into compilers for block-structured languages is presented. Using this technique, programs may be compiled in parts while the compile-time checking advantages of compilation as a whole are retained. These features are simple for a programmer to understand and are easy to implement. Experience has shown this separate compilation mechanism to be a useful tool in the development of large programs in block-structured languages.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-10 ,  Issue: 3 )