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Intel to port its development tools to Mac OS X

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Wed August 24, 2005

Intel dev tools OS X

Intel yesterday announced it will port its software development tools to Mac OS X, and will ship the first beta later this year. Mac tools for both single-core and multicore processors based on Intel's late compiler technology will ported to Mac OS X according to Kevin Smith, director of Intel Compiler Labs. The Intel tools will support C, C++ and FORTRAN, but will not provide a compiler for Objective C, a language that Apple supports for Mac OS X developers. Intel's new tools are still in the early stages of development, as Smith states "we're not at the demo stage yet." Support for AltiVec instructions, a 128-bit vector execution unit in PowerPC G4 and G5 processors still hasn't been considered, either, according to the report from eWeek.




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  1. jrbm689

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Thus far...

    I would have to, Objectively, give Intel a C++ on their support for Mac OS X Intel development.

  1. thesearcher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:Thus far...

    Why? Wouldn't Apple be all over ObjC support anyway? (I'm not sure if they'd need to support Altivec or not.)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Woohoo!

    You know what this means! Now we can compile those stupid-a** benchmarks with the theoretically same compiler that the current PC users do and then have a bake-off and then 16 days of "The benchmarks weren't fair!" "Oh yes they were!" arguments.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh

    and unless these compilers get integrated into gcc or xcode, then it really only matters to those OS X developers who want to spend the extra effort to use these compilers (whose only real benefit may be from getting some extra optimizations, so good for maybe mathematica, a 'not worth it' for word or itunes).

  1. geofflane

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Obj C Probably Not Hard

    First, the article said that they will provide it as a plugin to Xcode, so that's not a problem.

    In general, Objective C support is likely not very difficult if Apple wants to implement it. Objective C is a very thin layer on top of standard C code. Most compilers don't really "compile" Objective C, they actually transform it into standard C (doing syntax and access checking and things like that) and then compile the standard C.

    I think the FORTRAN compilers Intel provides are supposed to be very fast, which is good for scientfic applications that use a lot of FORTRAN for it's high-end math capabilities.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    plug ins

    didn't intel say that their compiler stuff would be available as plug ins for xcode? I think that would mean that it would be no prob for anyone to use

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