Re: Generating C or ASM ? (Bob Duff)
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 02:38:55 GMT

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From: (Bob Duff)
Keywords: C, assembler
Organization: Intermetrics, Inc.
References: 94-11-053
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 1994 02:38:55 GMT

<guerin@IRO.UMontreal.CA> wrote:
>Q: The title say it all, is it better to use C or assembler as a the target
>language of a compiler ?

C is a nice target language in many cases, but it does not handle the
full capability of typical hardware. For example, it has no (efficient)
way to do arithmetic with overflow detection. Nor does it have an
(efficient) way to represent multi-precision arithmetic.

- Bob
Bob Duff
Oak Tree Software, Inc.
Ada 9X Mapping/Revision Team (Intermetrics, Inc.)

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