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Old 10th November 2008
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Another interesting project:
The Amsterdam Compiler Kit

The Amsterdam Compiler Kit is a venerable piece of software that dates back to the early 1980s. It was originally written by Andrew Tanenbaum and Ceriel Jacobs as a commercial product; for many years it was also used as Minix' native toolchain. After eventually failing as a commercial project, it was made open source under a BSD license in 2003 when it looked like it was going to be abandoned and the code lost.

The ACK contains compilers for ANSI C, K&R C, Pascal, Modula-2, Occam 1, and a primitive Basic. It contains code generators for a large number of architectures, mostly 8 and 16 bit machines; there are also a set of generic optimisation, linker and librarian tools. Each language comes with its own runtime, so if you're a C programmer you also get a libc. Compared to gcc, it is far smaller, faster and easier to port.
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.
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