Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 19:20 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "Coming from a background in higher-level languages like Ruby, Scheme, or Haskell, learning C can be challenging. In addition to having to wrestle with C's lower-level features like manual memory management and pointers, you have to make do without a REPL. Once you get used to exploratory programming in a REPL, having to deal with the write-compile-run loop is a bit of a bummer. It occurred to me recently that I could use gdb as a pseudo-REPL for C. I've been experimenting with using gdb as a tool for learning C, rather than merely debugging C, and it's a lot of fun. My goal in this post is to show you that gdb is a great tool for learning C. I'll introduce you to a few of my favorite gdb commands, and then I'll demonstrate how you can use gdb to understand a notoriously tricky part of C: the difference between arrays and pointers."
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No mention of third party REPLs for C
by ephracis on Wed 29th Aug 2012 20:28 UTC
ephracis
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2007-09-23

What was wrong with c-repl or ccons? Never saw the author evaluating any of the third party REPLs for C, or even stating that they exist.

Full disclosure: I have never tried any of them so they might suck balls, but it would be nice to at least have them mentioned.

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