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Problem: GCC uses gperf for computing perfect hash tables. gperf is under the GPL. Thus it cannot be used for TenDRA.

Solution: Create one!

Perfect hashes are not that hard and making one shouldnt be either. I have chosen Standard ML as the implementation language. At least in the start until I have a hold of the code. Rewriting into C does not interest me that much.

How should it be done? I do not know yet. For now I am hunting for articles and researching the area. The aim is to have a fast and effective library which can compete with gperf. It will be interesting to see how this fares.

Monopolies are inherently bad. I think most would agree a comment like that. It kills the free market economics and makes further evolvement stagnant. Unfortunately there is more to this than smashing at a big company all the time.

My target is GCC. GCC has now become the monopoly in the Open Software world. The compiler is de-facto, breaks proper standards and is generally hard to use. But people still use it. The main problem is competition. The GCC compiler needs competition.

Adding extensions to a language hurts. It is very hard to fight against such extend-and-embrace tactics and it only leads to feature bloat instead of well-thought additions.

There is the 5% rule. If we can get another compiler into the top 5% of the speed of GCC we have reached the point where fair competition can begin.

At some point I do not care that much about C, which I find to be a miserable language, but still better than much else. On the other hand, where should the competition to GCC come from?

Not Intels CC. Commercial dependence is bad. Then there is TenDRA, Watcom, LCC and friends. Right now I have decided to throw some time after the TenDRA project and see what happens.

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