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Re: A FrontEnd in C++?

On Monday, August 19, 2002, at 01:02 AM, Zack Weinberg wrote:
Based on the number of problems we have encountered with the Ada front
end compared to the others, I think that as a matter of project policy
writing front ends in any language other than C should be discouraged.
I disagree.

If writting frontends in C is to continue, it will continue because it is the best language, not because someone mandated it.

Remember, gcc makes a nice reseach tool for implementing languages that don't necessarily have to see the light of day. We don't gain by telling people to go away.

I suspect if you polled the users, 99.9% of them or better never have even experienced the slightest bit of a problem because Ada is written in Ada. I certainly haven't. Also, bear in mind, Ada is still very new in the compiler. Quite a few of the OS installations out there are using compilers that predate the Ada front-end being a standard part of the main gcc package. I suspect that given the normal OS update cycle, that those that want Ada will merely have to run it, or click on the right button during an OS install.

Certainly g++ had been a pain in the past. Now-a-days, one just types g++, and presto, C++ compiler.

If you want to say that writing functions in the mid-end should be banned from using Ada, well, ok, I won't argue. :-)

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