Quoth Robert Bonomi on Sunday, 22 January 2012: > Da Rock <freebsd-questi...@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) > 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.
I used a horrible C compiler on CP/M -- I guess I've blocked its name out of my memory. Anything you found in K&R that sounded cool you had to go write a test program to see if this compiler actually supported it. Sometimes it did, but differently. -- .O. | Sterling (Chip) Camden | http://camdensoftware.com ..O | sterl...@camdensoftware.com | http://chipsquips.com OOO | 2048R/D6DBAF91 | http://chipstips.com
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