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Linux Magazine: EiC: I Can C Clearly NOW

Jul 08, 2000, 15:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

"Edmond Breen's EiC (Embeddable/Extensible Interactive C) is an open source program that provides one of the most complete and well-designed language interpreters we've ever seen. Supported platforms include Linux, Solaris, IRIX, HP-UX, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and 32-bit Windows. In fact, EiC is so rich in function that only a taste of its capabilities can be presented in this review."

"EiC compiles C code into an intermediate bytecode on the fly and then executes it. Unlike Java's, this two-stage process is completely invisible to the programmer. More interesting is that EiC provides three different ways to run C code: You can run it as a normal C program, as a script file, or in interactive mode. The C program mode is what you would expect -- you invoke EiC and pass it the name of the C program to run, along with parameters to pass to the program, and it does so."

"The script-file capability is particularly useful for Linux users, since it provides virtually 100 percent compatible C capabilities in a scripting language, as well as CGI compatibility. The most intriguing option is the interactive mode, which lets you hoist headers into the namespace; define constants, variables, and functions; invoke functions; assign values to variables; and generally turn your Linux system into a C machine."

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