Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jun 2010 15:12 UTC
General Development "I am pleased to report that the GCC Steering Committee and the FSF have approved the use of C++ in GCC itself. Of course, there's no reason for us to use C++ features just because we can. The goal is a better compiler for users, not a C++ code base for its own sake. Before we start to actually use C++, we need to determine a set of coding standards that will apply to use of C++ within GCC."
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RE: So what?
by vivainio on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 19:11 UTC in reply to "So what?"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

I guess it's vaguely interesting, but I see adding C++ to a compiler like adding C++ to a kernel: Opening up a can of worms.


I don't see the equivalence. Compiler is basically a glorified data processor, completely neutral to timings and whatnot. It's basically batch processing, something you could do in BASIC or cobol.

C++ is welcome improvement. I don't see a C based system staying competitive with llvm for a long time. C is just much less productive, less readable and as a consequence less fun.

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RE[2]: So what?
by theosib on Wed 2nd Jun 2010 20:47 in reply to "RE: So what?"
theosib Member since:
2006-03-02

You're obviously not a Gentoo user. ;)

People have been complaining for a long time about GCC compilation speed, and they cheer every time it's sped up. And not just Gentoo users. Anyone who runs a compile farm for some reason or other will appreciate a fast compiler. (For instance, MetroLink had a compiler farm for their MetroX server and drivers.)

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