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Cecil is a purely object-oriented language intended to support rapid construction of high-quality, extensible software. Cecil incorporates multi-methods, a simple prototype-based object model, a mechanism to support a structured form of computed inheritance, module-based encapsulation, and a flexible static type system which allows statically- and dynamically-typed code to mix freely.

Vortex is an optimizing compiler infrastructure for object-oriented and other high-level languages. It targets both pure object-oriented languages like Cecil and hybrid object-oriented languages like C++, Modula-3, and Java. Vortex currently incorporates high-level optimizations such as static class analysis, class hierachy analysis, profile-guided receiver class prediction, profile-guided selective procedure specialization, intraprocedural message splitting, automatic inlining, and static closure analyses. It also includes a collection of standard intraprocedural analyses such as common subexpression elimination and dead assignment elimination. The Vortex compiler is written entirely in Cecil.

Current Version:   2.0

License Type:   Free for Internal Use

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

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  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   Yes (tar.gz)

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Binaries available for Sparc/SunOS 4, Sparc/Solaris, Alpha/OSF1, x86/Linux, PowerPC/AIX

Software/Hardware Requirements:

75-100MB disk space for binary distribution, lots of RAM!

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