Crafting Interpreters by Robert NystromCrafting Interpreters by Robert Nystrom

Ever wanted to make your own programming language or wondered how they are designed and built?

If so, this book is for you.

Crafting Interpreters contains everything you need to implement a full-featured, efficient scripting language. You’ll learn both high-level concepts around parsing and semantics and gritty details like bytecode representation and garbage collection. Your brain will light up with new ideas, and your hands will get dirty and calloused. It’s a blast.

Starting from main(), you build a language that features rich syntax, dynamic typing, garbage collection, lexical scope, first-class functions, closures, classes, and inheritance. All packed into a few thousand lines of clean, fast code that you thoroughly understand because you write each one yourself.

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About Robert Nystrom

I got bitten by the language bug years ago while on paternity leave between midnight feedings. I cobbled together a number of hobby languages before worming my way into an honest-to-God, full-time programming language job. Today, I work at Google on the Dart language.

Before I fell in love with languages, I developed games at Electronic Arts for eight years. I wrote the best-selling book Game Programming Patterns based on what I learned there. You can read that book for free too.

If you want more, you can find me on Twitter (@munificentbob), email me at bob at this site's domain (though I am slow to respond), read my blog, or join my low frequency mailing list: