GCC is 25 years old today

Rui Maciel <rui.maciel@gmail.com>
Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:29:17 +0000

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From: Rui Maciel <rui.maciel@gmail.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:29:17 +0000
Organization: Aioe.org NNTP Server
Keywords: history, GCC

Today the GCC development team celebrates the 25th anniversary of the GNU
Compiler Collection.


Taken from:
http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc/2012-03/msg00347.html


<quote>
When Richard Stallman announced the first public release of GCC in
1987, few could have imagined the broad impact that it has had. It
has prototyped many language features that later were adopted as part
of their respective standards -- everything from "long long" type to
transactional memory. It deployed an architecture-neutral automatic
vectorization facility, OpenMP, and Polyhedral loop nest optimization.
It has provided the toolchain infrastructure for the GNU/Linux
ecosystem used everywhere from Google and Facebook to financial
markets and stock exchanges. We salute and thank the hundreds
of developers who have contributed over the years to make
GCC one of the most long-lasting and successful free software projects
in the history of this industry.
</quote>




In your views, what has been GCC's main contribution to the world of
compilers?




Rui Maciel



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