New Libraries and CompilersBy Peter Naulls. Published: 31st Dec 2003, 23:18:34 | Permalink | Printable
Programming news to round off the yearJust to show we're still on form, drobe.co.uk presents the very last RISC OS news of 2003. All programming related, which hints at some of the potential development to come in 2004.
First out of the bag this evening was the ubiquitous OSLib, mentioned on the comp.sys.acorn.programmer newsgroup by Tony van der Hoff and reaching version 6.60. OSLib claims to be a comprehensive C library for the RISC OS programmer's interface, as well as being type-safe and having obvious syntax. The list of changes and fixes, although not overly exciting, is very extensive, and shows that it is very much under development.
OSLib can be found on its SourceForge page.
As we mentioned in our 2004 Predictions, a later version of GCC, version 3.3.3, is currently in testing. Much of the hard work in making this compiler possible was done by Nick Burrett, although there have been substantial contributions from all developers to fix bugs in the compiler and UnixLib and to bring many improvements. This version is of course 32-bit.
A test version of this compiler is now available for download if you'd like to try it. Note that the C++ compiler is very slow. Please direct any comments about this compiler to the GCCSDK mailing list.
If you'd instead like to stick to a tried and tested version, the older 2.95.4 32-bit version with the latest improvements to Unixlib has been put online too. This uses the same Unixlib as in the 3.3.3 version, and can also be found on the riscos.info GCC page.
The latest version of the X11 replacement library for RISC OS, ChoX11 has been made avilable too on its web page. Although not yet comprehensive enough to run any "real" applications, substantial improvements to the library have been made in recent weeks by various contributors, and we hope to see releases using it early in the year.
And just to keep the OSLib developers on their toes, there's also a new version of DeskLib available too. DeskLib isn't as comprehensive as OSLib, but rather aims to be friendly to use, and is bundled with many examples, and is designed to make many of the tedious details of Wimp programming easy. There are no major new features in this version, just a few bug fixes and feature additions mostly required by ChoX11. DeskLib has its own homepage.
Finally, a little birdy tells us that a new RISC OS related website goes live tomorrow. But we're not giving away any clues, so you'll have to wait until then to see what it is.
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Peter is the maintainer of DeskLib, ChoX11 and contributes to GCC for RISC OS
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