TenDRA Compiler

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TenDRA
Operating system POSIX
Type Compiler
License BSD license

The TenDRA Compiler is a C/C++ compiler for POSIX compatible operating systems available under the terms of the BSD license.

It was originally developed by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in the United Kingdom. In the beginning of 2002 TenDRA was actively developed again by Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven and offered as a BSD-licensed open source project through the website tendra.org. In the third quarter of 2002 the one-man effort was expanded to a small team.

In August 2003 TenDRA split into 2 projects, TenDRA.org and Ten15.org

The goals of TenDRA.org are:

  • to continuously produce correct code,
  • to ensure code correctness through various means, and
  • to continuously improve the performance of the compiler and resulting code, unless it would jeopardize the points above.

The goals of Ten15.org are:

  • to continuously produce correct code,
  • to continuously improve the performance of the compiler and resulting code, unless it would jeopardise the point above,
  • to create tools that facilitate programming, not to have programming facilitate the tools, and
  • to be a friendly competitor to GCC in order to get a best-of-breed compiler.

Features of both compilers include good standards compliance and a smaller code size than the same programs compiled on gcc. C++ support is not as developed as C support, but an STL supporting release is expected soon. TenDRA uses the Architecture Neutral Distribution Format (ANDF), a specification created by the Open Group, as its Intermediate language.

There have been efforts to port the FreeBSD kernel to this compiler.

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