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Re: Why not gnat Ada in gcc?
- To: Robert Dewar <dewar at gnat dot com>
- Subject: Re: Why not gnat Ada in gcc?
- From: Gerald Pfeifer <pfeifer at dbai dot tuwien dot ac dot at>
- Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 09:19:54 +0100 (CET)
- cc: <law at redhat dot com>, <dstarner98 at aasaa dot ofe dot org>, <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>, <kenner at vlsi1 dot ultra dot nyu dot edu>, <rms at gnu dot org>
On Wed, 1 Nov 2000, Robert Dewar wrote:
> But the number of people making changes to the core of the front end of
> g++ is quite small, indeed no larger than the group making changes to
> GNAT. And that I think is quite expected.
I beg to disagree.
% grep @ $GCC/gcc/gcc/cp/ChangeLog | sed -e 's/.*<\(.*\)>/\1/g' |sort -u |wc -l
With about 10 duplicate entries due to varying e-mail addresses that makes
more than 60 code contributors this year alone!
Plus, there is a significant point I'm missing in this discussion:
As soon as any change to the C++ frontend of GCC happens, everyone on
this planet (with Internet access) immediately can test that with his
projects/on his platforms.
This has proved incredibly useful in the past, and let's not forget that
the GNU project not only consists of developers, but also of users!
firstname.lastname@example.org does not appear in cp/ChangeLog, but I am
tempted to believe that I have contributed a non-negligible amount of
time and effort in performing tests, generating test cases, and filing
and following bug reports!
Gerald "Jerry" email@example.com http://www.dbai.tuwien.ac.at/~pfeifer/