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Large software companies need customized tools to manage their source code. These tools are often built in an ad-hoc fashion, using brittle technologies such as regular expressions and home-grown parsers. Changes in the language cause the tools to break. More importantly, these ad-hoc tools often do not support uncommon-but-valid code code patterns. We report our experiences building source-code analysis tools at Google on top of a third-party, open-source, extensible compiler. We describedoi:10.1109/scam.2012.28 dblp:conf/scam/AftandilianSPK12 fatcat:jgxq4kt3s5birj5scsu54oocfe