LLVM's DragonEgg 2.8 Released For GCC
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler on 12 October 2010 at 04:46 PM EDT. 2 Comments
Only one week has passed since the release of LLVM 2.8, but out today is version 2.8 of DragonEgg. For those out of the loop, DragonEgg is a GCC plug-in for GCC 4.5 and later that replaces the optimizers and code generations from GCC with that of those from the Low-Level Virtual Machine.

DragonEgg takes advantage of the plug-in capabilities of GCC 4.5 and later while aiming to support all of the languages supported by the GNU Compiler Collection on an unmodified GCC installation. However, those are the long-term goals and is not where DragonEgg is currently positioned. DragonEgg's C support should be spot on while the C++ support is fairly good and continuing to mature. The level of support for Fortran, ADA, Objective-C, Objective-C++, and Java all varies, but C is certainly the best supported language by this project to use LLVM as a GCC back-end.

Right now DragonEgg also requires patching GCC and is only supported on x86 and x86_64 architectures running Linux or Darwin. With all of that said, the DragonEgg developers do not yet consider this GCC plug-in as being production ready.

This release of DragonEgg 2.8 is, of course, dependent upon LLVM 2.8. Those interested in trying it out can find more on the DragonEgg page.
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