The Most Popular Programming & Compiler News Of 2015
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler on 31 December 2015 at 07:45 AM EST. Add A Comment
This year saw the release of GCC 5, many new features to LLVM Clang, the release of PHP 7, Rust 1.0 was released, Apple open-sourced their new Swift programming language, Microsoft has been pushing .NET in the open, and many other exciting advancements for open-source compilers and programming languages.

In nearing the end of the year and our various recaps for 2015, here's a look at the most popular programming/compiler content that appeared on Phoronix in 2015:

Eric S. Raymond Calls LLVM The "Superior Compiler" To GCC
Joining in on the heated discussion that originated over Richard Stallman voicing concerns over adding LLVM's LLDB debugger support to Emacs, Eric S Raymond has come out to once again voice his support in favor of LLVM/Clang and express his feelings that GCC's leading days are over.

PlayStation 4 System Compiler Support Landing In LLVM
Support for Sony's PlayStation 4 game console code generation is landing within LLVM's open-source compiler infrastructure.

Next-Generation PHP 7.0 Is Running Well But Will It Catch Up To HHVM?
It's been a while since I've last tried out the Git code for the next-generation PHP (phpng) that's going to be known as PHP 7.0 when released likely later this year.

GCC 5 Is Coming This Month With OpenMP 4.0, Offloading, Cilk Plus & More
GCC 5 is expected to be formally released later this month and it by far is looking to be the most exciting GNU Compiler Collection update yet! GCC 5 has amassed a ton of exciting open-source compiler features over the past year.

Microsoft Announces An LLVM-Based Compiler For .NET
Microsoft has today lifted the lid on LLILC, their new LLVM-based compiler for .NET's CoreCLR.

Why Google Chrome Switched To The Clang Compiler On Linux
Since a few months back Google switched from GCC to Clang for compiling their production builds of the Chrome web-browser on Linux. A Google developer has now shed some light on the switch with backing up their own reasons for switching to Clang.

Zapcc Claims To Be A "Much Faster C++ Compiler"
Zapcc is the latest compiler I heard about this morning... Zapcc is based on LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler but claims to be much faster than it.

GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5.1 vs. GCC 6.0 SVN Compiler Benchmarks
Here's some new GCC compiler benchmarks on Linux x86_64 for your viewing pleasure this weekend.

Apple To Open-Source & Support Linux With Its Swift Programming Language
Besides announcing OS X El Capitan, Apple announced today from their WWDC event that their Swift programming language will be open-sourced and they intend to support it on Linux too.

Rust 1.0 Language Officially Released
Rust 1.0 has been officially released!
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