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publication The classic text "Compilers: Principles,
Techniques and Tools", by Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, and
Jeffrey D. Ullman (Addison-Wesley 1986; ISBN 0-201-10088-6).
So called because of the cover design featuring a dragon
labelled "complexity of compiler design" and a knight bearing
the lance "LALR parser generator" among his other trappings.
This one is more specifically known as the "Red Dragon Book"
(1986); an earlier edition, sans Sethi and titled "Principles
Of Compiler Design" (Alfred V. Aho and Jeffrey D. Ullman;
Addison-Wesley, 1977; ISBN 0-201-00022-9), was the "Green
Dragon Book" (1977). (Also "New Dragon Book", "Old Dragon
Book".) The horsed knight and the Green Dragon were warily
eying each other at a distance; now the knight is typing
(wearing gauntlets!) at a terminal showing a video-game
representation of the Red Dragon's head while the rest of the
beast extends back in normal space.