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Re: [Etoile-discuss] LLVM

From: Nicolas Roard
Subject: Re: [Etoile-discuss] LLVM
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:09:35 +0000

On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Andrew Pinski <address@hidden> wrote:
>  >  - LLVM is already producing faster code than GCC.
>  No it does not.  It also supports less targets than GCC does which is
>  the most important thing for free software really.

If it's so good, people will port it. Even the linux kernel was ported
on a lots of platform...

>  >  - LLVM code is clean enough that I can go from first looking at it to
>  >  submitting patches in a few days, while the GCC code is indecipherable
>  >  to anyone not already intimately familiar with it.
>  This I will agree with but I will also say if LLVM was 20 years old,
>  then it will also have the same issue as GCC.

Fair enough. But it doesn't remove this fact :)

>  >  - LLVM has a JIT mode which will (when combined with a runtime library
>  >  like mine - and unlike the Apple and GNU ones - which allows safe
>  >  lookup caching) allow dynamic inlining,
>  Actually JIT is the worst thing really.  I hate how people think JIT
>  is the future, it is the past and static compiling is going to be
>  around for many years.  JIT is a fad.

I seriously doubt JIT is a fad, to the contrary.

Nicolas Roard
"Java, the best argument for Smalltalk since C++ " -- Frank Winkler

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