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Re: [DotGNU]Endianness?

From: Rhys Weatherley
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Endianness?
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2003 07:46:19 +1000
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On Saturday 08 November 2003 03:30 am, HJ wrote:
> Is it known wether MS.NET is host-endian or little-endian always?

The IL bytecode system is endian-independent for the most part, and C# code 
will not know anything about the endianness or word size of the system unless 
it explicitly goes looking (e.g. the "BitConverter" class).

C/C++ programs, when compiled by Microsoft's compiler, will generate bytecode 
that is dependent upon a little-endian 32-bit architecture that has Windows 
DLL's like msvcrt.dll present.  They are completely non-portable.

Portable.NET's C compiler uses a different code generation strategy and 
creates programs that are system-independent for the most part.



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