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Programming Paradigms - Lecture 10

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Lecture 10 - Activation Records

More Detail about Activation Records - Layout of Memory During a Function Call, How the Return Address of a Function is Stored on the Stack, Example Showing How an Activation Record is Constructed on the Stack, Setting Up Function Parameters on the Stack, Using the Call Instruction to Jump to the Function, Cleaning Up at the End of a Function and Using the RET Instruction and the Saved Return Address to Return to the Original Function, General Layout of an Activation Record, Who Sets Up Each Part of the Activation Record, Assembly Code Translation of the Factorial Function, How Recursion Translates into Assembly, Why Registers Need to be Reloaded After Other Functions Are Called, Animation Demonstrating the Assembly Execution for the Factorial Function

Prof. Jerry Cain
CS107 Programming Paradigms
(Stanford University: Stanford Engineering Everywhere)
http://see.stanford.edu
Date accessed: 2009-05-09
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Lecture Material

Supplementary lecture material is listed below.

1. Function Call and Return
2. Factorial Trace
3. Code Generation Examples



 

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