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Meaning of COMPILER-COMPILER

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. compiler-compiler

  2. An early compiler generator for the atlas, with its own distinctive input language.

    ["The Compiler-Compiler", R.A. Brooker et al, Ann Rev Automatic Programming 3:229-275, Pergamon 1963].

  3. A utility to generate the source code of a parser, interpreter or compiler from an annotated language description (usually in bnf). Most so called compiler-compilers are really just parser generators.

    Examples are bison, eli, fsl, meta 5, mug2, parsley, pre-cc, yacc.

 

 

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