[Numpy-discussion] Does float16 exist?
Wed Jan 9 01:11:51 CST 2008
Matthieu Brucher wrote:
> > This can also be true of C code unless you use compilers in the same
> > family.
> There are also issues, but they are much simpler.
> > The C++ name mangling can be worked around.
> name mangling is just the top of the iceberg. There are problems
> wrt to
> static initialization, exception, etc...; ABI compatibility is much
> easier to break in C++ than in C. And then, there is the problem
> of C++
> ability of compilers.
> This is no longer the case, sincerely. I use C++ compilers from
> different vendors for some time, and I had almost no problem safe from
> some template depth issues.
C++ ability is not so much a problem with recent compilers, I agree. But
not all platforms are or can use a recent C++ compiler. In particular,
proprietary UNIX. Now, maybe that's something we do not want to support.
If we limit ourselves to gcc 4 and recent intel/MS compilers, then this
issue indeed is moot, at least for basic things.
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