* Re: Clang - what is the story?

Devin Teske devin.teske at fisglobal.com
Sun Jan 22 15:32:35 UTC 2012

On Jan 22, 2012, at 6:38 AM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com> wrote:

> Da Rock <freebsd-questions at herveybayaustralia.com.au> wrote:
>> I personally had no idea this was going on; my impression was gcc grew 
>> out of the original compiler that built unix, and the only choices were 
>> borland and gcc. The former for win32 crap and the latter for, well, 
>> everything else.
> "Once upon a time", there were _many_ alternatives for C compilers.
> Commercial -- i.e. 'you pay for it', or bundled with a pay O/S  -- offerings
> included (this is a _partial_ list, ones _I_ have personal knowledge of):
>  PCC  -- (the original one0 medium-lousy code but the code-generator was 
>           easily adapted to new/diferent hardwre
>  Green Hills Softwaware  (used by a number of unix hardare manufacturers)
>  Sun Microsystems developed their own ("acc")
>  Silicon Graphics, Inc
>  Hewlett-Packard
>  Symantic   (Think C -- notable for high-performance on early Apple Mac's,
>          significantly better than Apple's own MPW)

Ah, MPW... I knew ye well.

But don't forget Metrowerks CodeWarrior

Though, I preferred the finicky-ways of MPW (requiring explicit headers) to the fast-and-loose ways of MCW.

>  Manx Software   ("Aztec C" -- a 'best of breed' for MS-DOS)
>  Microsoft
>  Intel
>  CCS
>  Watcom
>  Borland
>  Zortech
>  Greenleaf Software
>  Ellis Computing (specializing in 'budget' compilers, circa $30 pricetags)
>  "Small C"
>  tcc -- the 'tiny C compiler
> I'm sure others can name ones I've overlooked.
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