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Don nospam at
Sat Apr 17 13:31:04 PDT 2010

Ellery Newcomer wrote:
> On 04/16/2010 03:13 PM, eles wrote:
>> PS2 What does really means to use LLVM or GCC backends for dmd? Is a 
>> front-end
>> somewhat like a parser (or bytecode compiler) and the back-end 
>> something like
>> an assembler?

> Pretty much.
> Except in the case of D, the front end also requires a backend of sorts 
> (for ctfe),

  and from what I understand, DMD's frontend and backend are
> kind of squooshed together. 

Not really, the frontend compiles everything to an intermediate form, 
and then the backend converts the intermediate form into native code. 
There's not much interaction between them. In particular, the backend is 
the same backend used for C++. It doesn't have anything which is D-specific.

(Like certain errors don't get caught unless
> and until the backend's optimizer gets run)
That behaviour is fairly common in C++ compilers.

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