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Re: [using gcc book] ch1 objective-c blurb
- From: Chris Devers <cdevers at pobox dot com>
- To: Ziemowit Laski <zlaski at apple dot com>
- Cc: GCC list <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 21:58:10 -0400 (EDT)
- Subject: Re: [using gcc book] ch1 objective-c blurb
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- Reply-to: Chris Devers <cdevers at pobox dot com>
On Mon, 25 Aug 2003, Ziemowit Laski wrote:
> On Monday, Aug 25, 2003, at 18:24 US/Pacific, Chris Devers wrote:
> > Here's my ObjC paragraph:
> > Compilation of Objective-C programs is done with GCC itself,
> > rather than a front end like G++ or GNAT. As with G++
> > programs, the lack of a preprocessor and the direct build
> > of object code from your Objective-C program source provides
> > better object code and better debugging capabilities.
> Huh? :-) Every language is handled by _some_ front end. I think what
> you mean to say is that Objective-C is handled by the same _driver_
> (i.e., 'gcc') as C code. The 'g++' binary is also a driver, and (I
> believe) 'gnat' as well. :-)
Okay, that makes sense. Actually, 'gnat' is mentioned only in passing --
it is not meant to be an Ada book :)
> Also, instead of 'lack of a preprocessor', I think you mean 'no need for
> an intermediate C version', as in the C++ case. Objective-C definitely
> uses a preprocessor -- otherwise, you wouldn't be able to handle
> #include's! :-)
Okay okay, I stand corrected. Care to try a rewrite then?
Compilation of Objective-C programs is done with the same
driver that is used for C code. This eliminates the need
for an intermediate C version, and allows for better object
code and better debugging capabilities.
Patches welcome :)
And I take note of Colin Howell's comments -- if this paragraph needn't
be paralleled to the the G++ one, that's fine. The bigger point was just
that of the three languages discussed at any length in the text, two of
the three got a writeup in chapter 1, but Objective-C didn't. I took a
guess, copying wildly and not knowing what exactly should be said. If
anyone knows more Objective-C -- like say someone at Apple -- feel free to
offer something more appropriate about GCC and the language.
Chris Devers firstname.lastname@example.org
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