Re: Incremental Compilers

Mike Kent <>
12 May 2000 22:29:43 -0400

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From: Mike Kent <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 12 May 2000 22:29:43 -0400
Organization: Entropy Mongers PLC
References: 00-05-033 00-05-039
Keywords: incremental wrote:
> wrote:
> > Does anyone know if such compilers are available for unix environments
> > and are they really much faster than the normal compilers.
> IBM's VisualAge compilers are supposed to do a good
> job of incremental compilation/linking. I think they
> did this at least for C++/Java on Windows, not sure
> about other languages and platforms.

VA Java behaves similarly under Win9x and Linux.

It's a mixed blessing; the VA Java IDE recompiles at the drop of a
semicolon (but very quickly as a rule). It seems not to run in the
background so you get a lot of brief pauses instead of one enormous
wait. OTOH if you make a compile-stopping error (misspelling, drop a
; or } or ), get a type wrong are my faves) it tells you as soon as
you try to leave the method which I find molto useful ...

// Mike Kent

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