On Tue, Jul 10, 2001 at 11:35:22AM +0100, Jeremy Smyth mentioned:
> Quoting "John P. Looney" <john at antefacto.com>:
>> > Indeed. The GNU people seem a little miffed that Ximian are
> > going it one
> > their own, using GNOME as the way of getting people into .NET.
>> What surprises me (only a little...) is that de Icaza speaks highly
> of code re-use in terms of the GTK and other Gnome libraries, yet has
> gone away from re-use in writing a C# compiler from scratch. He
> mentions the idea of writing a C# front-end for gcc, and perhaps a
> back end (cross-compiler?) that generates CLR-native code, but oddly -
> for someone claiming code re-use as a priority - did not go down
> that route originally.
You have to admit, that there is little difference between writing a back
and frontend to GCC, and a complete compiler...bar the fact that you would
restrict yourself to GCC's API.
It does make some sense to do a compiler first, then take that code, and
beat it into GCC later. But, a CLR backend for GCC would rock.
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