C compilers for PDP-11 - was Re: Fwd: is there any word processing software for the pdp11?

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Wed Dec 3 10:11:31 CST 2014

On 2014-12-03 15:54, random832 at fastmail.us wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2014, at 04:38, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>> On 2014-12-03 02:05, Toby Thain wrote:
>>> On 02/12/14 1:26 PM, Johnny Billquist wrote:
>>>> On 2014-12-02 14:20, Mark Wickens wrote:
>>>>> Is there any general agreement on what the 'best' programming
>>>>> language is
>>>>> for PDP-11 ...
>>>> Pick and choose. Why not C? Although the code generated by the PDP-11 C
>>>> isn't the best I've seen.
>>> *Which* PDP-11 C?
>> I was explicitly thinking of the DEC PDP-11 C compiler here. DECUS C
>> actually generates better code than PDP-11 C, but DECUS C is a rather
>> weird K&R, while PDP-11 C is pretty much full ANSI.
> What about UNIX C? Though, that's also K&R.

I haven't looked at the quality of its code generation. But that is an 
interesting question. When I have some time...


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