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Fri Feb 10 20:19:57 PST 2012
On 02/10/2012 11:02 AM, Tim Krimm wrote:
> We have C and C++
> How about D- and D?
> D- would be the have a similar use as today's C compilers.
> Why create this language?
> Well I would love to have a D compiler that supports microcontrollers.
> The ones that have say 32 K of RAM and 64K of FLASH.
> A language that is targeted for embedded and/or low resource environments.
> It would be nice to have a modern language for low resource environments.
> A potential way to implement this language is to use the DMD frontend,
> then flag the unsupported features of D,
> Next create a backend, like "C front" that outputs C code instead of
> What do I envision with D-,
> D-- or Dm or what ever you want to call it.
> This language would basically be D without the garbage collection.
> For example there would be structures but no classes.
> There would be regular arrays but no dynamic arrays.
> Code that is mostly equivalent to C, but you would still have structures
> with functions and overloading support,
> and other features like templates etc.
> I think you get the idea.
> What are your thoughts?
If it's strict subset of D, then it could be done in a lint-esqu fashion
by statical checking for anything not in the subset. I could see this as
a patch to DMD that makes no modifications to the processing aside from
adding extra errors. Any legal D- should be legal D and do exactly the
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