= D =
Dragon Book n.
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 labeled
`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. See also book titles.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.