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There's Now Even LLVM Support For Pascal-86

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Published on 09 July 2014 09:34 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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The latest programming language that can leverage using LLVM and its plethora of back-ends is Pascal-86, a language most Phoronix readers have probably never even heard of.

Pascal-86 hasn't been popular since the 80's when programming on DOS systems, but as work on a master's thesis John Törnblom decided to write a Pascal-86 front-end for LLVM. John's thesis was entitled "Improving Quality of Avionics Software Using Mutation Testing." This compiler front-end to Pascal-86 was written entirely in Python with the code generation then being handled by LLVM. This LLVM front-end supports most of Pascal-86's language constructs, support for several mutation operators, the ability to re-generate Pascal-86 source code, and allowing for mutants to be visualized via a web interface.

John Törnblom wrote into Phoronix to share this work for those that might be interested in toying around with this LLVM-based Pascal-86 work. His thesis can be read at liu.diva-portal.org while his new LLVM front-end is hosted on GitHub.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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