[fpc-devel] Forwarded message about FPC status

Dimitri Smits smitco at telenet.be
Tue Dec 18 15:00:56 CET 2012

As Sven wrote, I guess the FPC community needs to think about this. XE2 already supported MacOS X (but through fpc). Haven't checked the OS-X in XE3 though.

As for the multi-platform: they are rewriting their compiler to be a front for llvm. Probably they will make a few code-generators and optimisations as well for the middle and back-end.

But I doubt the "bpl" idiom was or will get ported past Windows variants (if it even gets done in the new compiler format).

Don't forget that with FireMonkey^2, and a Firemonkey component model, they plan to tackle facade-type implementations to make Android/IOS an output target as well from the same code-base. As is today with the MacOSX target in XE2 and XE3, there are restrictions as to what you can use (i.e. must be firemonkey HD or 3D app if you want Mac or "x-platform", meaning 2 platforms ... well, 3 if you count Win32 and Win64 as separate :-))

That said, what is stopping us (the community) to at least start on this? a branch? core-buy-in?

kind regards,
Dimitri Smits

----- Oorspronkelijk e-mail -----
> Van: "Hans-Peter Diettrich" <DrDiettrich1 at aol.com>
> Aan: "FPC developers' list" <fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org>
> Verzonden: Maandag 17 december 2012 16:20:39
> Onderwerp: Re: [fpc-devel] Forwarded message about FPC status
> Sven Barth schrieb:
> > Am 17.12.2012 14:06, schrieb Hans-Peter Diettrich:
> >> Sven Barth schrieb:
> >>
> >>>> still no Delphi-like packages...
> >>> They are planned long term, but they are no cheesecake feature.
> >>> We
> >>> need to implement them in a way so that at least the major
> >>> platforms
> >>> (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) can make use of it and already the
> >>> difference regarding procedure name resolution between Windows
> >>> and
> >>> Unix can cause headaches...
> >>
> >> We should wait for and explore how the multi-target Delphi handles
> >> that.
> > 
> > No. We need to think about this ourselves as we support more
> > targets
> > than Delphi ever will support.
> Nonetheless it would be wise to wait for an Embarcadero solution.
> They
> might invent a new cross-platform model for their packages, in which
> case we ended up in yet another package model.
> DoDi
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