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Old 01-06-2008, 06:01 AM
Robert Edmonds
 
Default Bug#459401: ITP: c-repl -- read-eval-print loop for C

Package: wnpp
Owner: "Robert S. Edmonds" <edmonds@debian.org>
Severity: wishlist

* Package name : c-repl
Version : 0.0.20071223
Upstream Author : Evan Martin
* URL : http://neugierig.org/software/c-repl/
* License : BSD
Programming Lang: C, Ruby
Description : read-eval-print loop for C

Many programming languages come with a REPL (read-eval-print loop), which
allows you to type in code line by line and see what it does. This is quite
useful for prototyping, experimentation, and debugging code.
.
Other programming languages, and especially C, use a "compile-run" model,
and don't provide a REPL. Let's fix that.
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This approach is actually more of a read-eval loop, as c-repl doesn't know
anything about the types and parse trees of the code it's running. But
unlike other approaches to solving the "C interpreter" problem, c-repl
works directly with unmodified libraries and system headers.
.
This means you can experiment with a new library without writing a test
program or any bindings. Or just use it as a simple calculator, content in
knowing it is much faster than your neighbors using irb, like driving a
Ferarri on city streets.

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Robert Edmonds
edmonds@debian.org
 

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