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Programming language research

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I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with doing research in programming languages/compilers? I'd like to eventually end up doing research at a Google or MS, and am looking for grad schools that you'd recommend. So far I have been working off of the Top 20 list at USNews and World Report, but maybe you have some other ideas. I have a bachelors in CS from Virginia Tech, and over 5 years of industry experience. I don't know if I can get into a CMU or MIT at this stage, however. (Nevermind the fact that those two places don't even seem to offer a general master's degree in CS.)

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Compilers lend themselves well to self-study and "hands on" learning methods by implementing the algorithms you are learning about.

As for what degree you could get or active areas of reseach, I think you'll have more luck asking on dedicated compiler forums/mailing lists, alternatively contacting some university people directly.

Compilers are very fun by the way ;), hoping to do my MSc. examination project in that area myself.

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The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign does quite a bit of compiler research. Some projects there that I can think of off the top of my head are LLVM and IMPACT, and I'm sure there's more going on than just that.

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