Writing a GCC Front End

Language designers rejoice! Now it's easier to put a front end for your language onto GCC.
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Incremental development of a gcc front end from source.

Joe Garvey's picture

Tom Tromey reported herein 2005...April 6th
"Writing the Driver
Currently GCC requires your front end to be visible at build time—there is no way to write a front end that is built separately and linked against an installed GCC. "

Has that situation change or is it still so that if I even change one variable declaration in a new frontend source , that the WHOLE (if only core) gcc would need to be rebuilt from sources?

Any idea of best resources for writing such a frontEnd?

Perl

dude's picture

For years the Perl compiler has always been "any day now".
I wonder how hard it would be make a perl front-end to GCC.

Actually since Perl 6 is to be translated into Parrot
you only need to make a Parrot front end.