Aztec C (was: more eBay stuff)

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Mon Jun 4 15:33:44 CDT 2007

On 4 Jun 2007 at 20:42, Antonio Carlini wrote:

> The whole point of C was (is?) to be fast. So in certain areas the
> compiler writer is given a certain latitude to do whatever turns
> out to be "best" for the compiler. So the standard writers aren't being
> particularly capricious, they are deliberately avoiding tying down the
> compiler writers with red tape.

Trudging even further afield from the topic at hand...

The odd thing about this is that it seems to be that the more 
restrictive the language spec, the better an automatic optimizer is 
able to work with the code.  I mentioned that C pointers were misery 
for an optimizer, while FORTRAN (absent various vendor extensions) 
does not have them, making it easier to optimize automatically (at 
least in the sense of determining side effects).  


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