Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 19:10 UTC, submitted by tyrione
General Development LLVM 2.8 has been released. The release notes describe this new, ehm, release in greater detail, so head on over and give it a read.
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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by Neolander on Fri 8th Oct 2010 12:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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I know it is a pain in the rear that the standard lacks some niceties but I'd sooner that people wrote code according to the standard, even if it means they have to write an extra 1000 lines of code simply for the sake of being able to pick up any compiler and it all works nicely because the programmer chose to stick to the straight and narrow.

How was it done before these features appeared? they wrote it out the long way - time to go back to the good old days instead of looking for quick and dirty short cuts that create giant clusterfucks when it comes to code portability.

It's not a matter of number of LOC, you just can't define a packed structure in vanilla C++. Nor know the size of the integers you're using (which is quite idiotic for anything except but int which is supposed to handle the machine's faster integer type, if you ask me).

When people did not have compiler extensions, they used either known compiler-specific behavior (like my typedef long int64_t), gigantic macros that are horrible to debug, or assembly code which has the worst possible portability. Generally a combination of all three. I don't see what's wrong with using compiler extensions, compared to this mess...

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