Language - Symbol table


A symbol table is a used by a compiler or interpreter, where each identifier (a.k.a. symbol with a name) in a program's source code is associated with information relating to its declaration or appearance in the source.

A symbol table:


// Declare an external function
extern double bar(double x);

// Define a public function
double foo(int count)
    double  sum = 0.0;

    // Sum all the values bar(1) to bar(count)
    for (int i = 1;  i <= count;  i++)
        sum += bar((double) i);
    return sum;

A C compiler that parses this code will contain at least the following symbol table entries:

Symbol name Type Scope
bar function, double extern
x double function parameter
foo function, double global
count int function parameter
sum double block local
i int for-loop statement

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