Modula-2 Programming Language Front-End Still Looking Towards Mainline GCC In 2021
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 18 June 2021 at 02:00 AM EDT. 15 Comments
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The Modula-2 programming language developed from the late 70's to 80's might finally see mainline GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) support in 2021.

The structured Modula-2 programming language is that out of ETH Zurich by Niklaus Wirth who is known for his work as well on Euler, Pascal and other programming languages. Modula-2 still has some uses today like with Russia's GLONASS satellites.

Alongside many other Modula-2 compilers, GM2 "GNU Modula-2" has been maintained for GCC platforms and now more than one decade after GM2's 1.0 release this front-end has been working on getting upstream in the GCC compiler. A mailing list post was made on Thursday with the latest patches looking to get the Modula-2/GM2 support into the mainline GC code-base. See that mailing list post for all the technical details if interested.

The GNU Modula-2 code implements the PIM2 / PIM3 / PIM4 / ISO dialects of Modula-2 and the compiler front-end has been tested not only on x86/x86_64 but also AArch64.
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