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Re: Algol Front end
- From: Tim Josling <tej at melbpc dot org dot au>
- To: GCC <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 20:49:35 +1000
- Subject: Re: Algol Front end
- Organization: Melbourne PC User Group
More documentation on writing a front end would be good. Joachim
Nadler's thesis cannot be included in the GCC manual for copyright
reasons. It is also out of date now.
I am working on a COBOL front end for GCC.
http://cobolforgcc.sourceforge.net. Modern CPUs and GCC have some
trouble with COBOLisms like packed decimal.
I need a good sort/merge implementation for COBOL if you are after
something interesting but not too large. I definitely don't recommend
starting a new language yourself unless you have a lot of tree time.
By the way the sample language treelang is now part of the GCC source
tree (gcc3.2 experimental - the detault checkout, not the weekly
snapshot). The manual needs some work but the code works.
Helping with Fortran could be useful too.
> A Fortran 95 project already exists, although it seems a bit moribund at the
> As for other languages, I would be most interested in Modula-2, given that I
> used that language extensively back in the 1980s. I know it had some
> popularity in certain circles, especially in Europe.
> PL/I continues to have its adherents; some guy has reimplemented some of the
> C++ and Fortran code on my web site in PL/I. I know it was popular in
> certain government and Russian sectors.
> COBOL is... well, COBOL. ;) I made lots of money in COBOL way back when... I
> don't know if anyone is really hot for a free compiler in a Unix
> Scott Robert Ladd
> Coyote Gulch Productions
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> Tony Stratton
> Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 19:54
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> Subject: Algol Front End
> I am interested in doing a front end project for one of the following
> languages list on your project page.
> Algol 60, Algol 68, PL/I, Cobol, Fortran 90, Delphi, Modula 2, Modula 3,
> I am leaning toward Algol 60 and/or 68, but I will not start before I hear
> from you. If you can help me find a "definitive" reference on either Algol
> version, I can start.
> I can also work on documentation similar to the "TOY language" front-end
> Please let me know if this is worth while for you.
> Tony Stratton