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Re: Interesting discussion on gcc about objc

From: Andrew Pinski
Subject: Re: Interesting discussion on gcc about objc
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 06:47:33 -0700

On Sep 13, 2010, at 6:08 AM, David Chisnall <address@hidden> wrote:

On 13 Sep 2010, at 13:53, Vincent Richomme wrote:

GNU ObjC has so few users that it seems hardly worth the effort

In the same time do you have an idea of how many people are interested
in gnustep ?
I would be very curious to know it.
DO you some some fugures ?

I've absolutely no idea. I suspect that OS X and the iPhone have increased interest a bit, and will a bit more once we have a UIKit implementation, but I don't have any real figures. The only data point I have is that all of the talks I gave at FOSDEM this year had people standing up in the audience because there weren't enough chairs in our devroom for everyone.

I'm not condemning GCC for its stance. C and C++ are definitely much more popular languages than Objective-C, and I wouldn't blame them if they decided to completely drop Objective-C support. No one's really worked on it for around 7 years and the code that they inherited from NeXT is basically unmaintainable. I just get fed up with people saying 'we have to make an effort to support GCC because we are also a GNU project' when people on the GCC side say that supporting us is too much effort.

Well if apple did the work like they should have done. This would not be an issue. So I still say blame apple and not support clang for the same reason.


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