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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.
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.

Robert Edmonds

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