Tools available for 32bit RISC OS!By . Published: 2nd Oct 2002, 19:28:57 | Permalink | Printable
We saw them for a while, from RISCOS Ltd/Pace, and now Castle Technology Ltd have done the deed and the new 32bit tools are available for all.Acorn's C compiler is well regarded as a quality C compiler for ARM systems, but there's not been any public updates of it in years and we were missing out on bugfixes done by Pace et al, along with improvements such as the update to the C99 language standard. Whilst we saw a time-limited licence and free download available through RISCOS Ltd for a while, it's all been quiet since. Then Castle came along.
For a mere 99 earth pounds (inc vat/delivery) you get the latest C / C++ compiler, a licence to use the tools and libraries in commercial software and updated manuals. The compiler not only produces the "26bit" code required for current RISC OS systems, but can also generate 32bit code which would be suitable for a possible future version of RISC OS running in 32bit mode on processors such as the Intel XScale. Great!
But that's not all. You also get the RISC OS Programmer's Reference Manuals 1-4 and the elusive 5a on the CD, the Style Guide and other essential docs. There's even copies of essential PD software such as Zap, StrongEd and PDF.
There's no alternative if you're serious about producing quality RISC OS C and C++ programs that'll be compatible with 26 and 32bit. Order today and build the apps of the future!
For more info, see the Castle website.
It's also worth noting that the Arm Club produce a fantstic bit of software called Armalzyer which is available for free download from http://www.armclub.org.uk/free/. This little trinket will, amongst other things, check your binaries for 32bit compatibility - just what the doctor ordered.
The ARM Club free software
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