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The browser is the new OS :)
Realize that one can use other Eiffel compilers today to generate C code, but this would be the only option to run on a web browser.
This indeed one of my ideas as well.
With that scenario, Eiffel could play a unifying role for web applications. However the idea is not yet thought through completely. But I am quite sure that this could be done without a lot of problems.
That's very interesting! I would definitely be interested in using such a product.
I don't know if you have followed my thread in the Eiffel Software mailing list, but I am actually interested in creating an Eiffel compiler that generates Java source instead of C.
That would allow me to run Eiffel code on:
- Java application servers
- Web Browsers via GWT.
- Mobile phones, such as Android.
Java is joining C as the new "lingua franca"
I am wondering if I could use tecomp as a starting point?
Also, I just realized that you have implemented the compiler in C. I am wondering why you took that route instead of implementing it in Eiffel with EiffelStudio GPL?
I have followed your thread in the Eiffel Software mailing list. I just don't understand why you want to generate Java Source code? But in general an Eiffel compiler must have access to either the source code or the class-files of the used java libraries, because it has to validate the interfaces. I would prefer the class files, because class files are easier to parse than java source code.
I am still very interested in that discussion.
Currently I am working to make tecomp accept the full Eiffel language. There are still some details missing.
Why is tecomp written in C and not in Eiffel using Eiffelstudio? I have chosen that approach for 2 reasons.
1. Distribution: On nearly all development machines there is a C compiler installed. With that in mind I can distribute the source dode and each interested person is able to compile the compiler. If the requirement is to have another Eiffel compiler installed, the threshold for potential users of tecomp might be too high.
2. EiffelStudio: I don't like to work with EiffelStudio. It is a huge system and on a moderatlly powered pc (< 1 GHz) the turnaround cycle is much too slow for me.
Hi, Objective-J is a good example, they port Objective-C to run on the browser.
Capuccino http://cappuccino.org/ is the web framework, that uses Objective-J.
I think that many people could help and make something similar with Eiffel. I'm glad to help in that project.
If you want to contribute, please contact me by mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).