[C++-sig] pyste, gccxml and boost ublas, random number generator etc

David Abrahams dave at boost-consulting.com
Mon Aug 8 14:04:06 CEST 2005

Stefan Seefeld <seefeld at sympatico.ca> writes:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>> Stefan Seefeld <seefeld at sympatico.ca> writes:
>>>>Yeah, but why would you do that when you could preprocess for GCC?
>>>Because that would require a separate gcc to be installed first ?
>>>(The gccxml tarball I unpacked on my linux box doesn't appear to
>>>  contain anything related to a complete development environment
>>>  such as system headers.)
>> Well, that doesn't seem like it ought to be a significant obstacle.
>> It seems unreasonable to expect GCCXML to process nonstandard MSVC
>> constructs correctly.
> May be. The problem is that developers have a particular platform
> with a system compiler, and they want to process code that is written
> in and for that environment.
> So the only two options for a windows developer are a) to install a second
> compiler that is more standard compliant 

Won't necessarily help.  Even a perfectly compliant compiler can
include nonstandard extensions.

> or b) to change the processing tool to understand the MSVC-specific
> constructs. Right ?

c) Use #ifdefs where necessary to make their code "portable" to the
   processing tool.

> And if, in particular, they want to 'look' at the code from the
> system compiler's perspective, they don't have a choice but to
> pursue option b).

Yeah I guess so.  But how important is that?

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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