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Apple LLVM compiler infrastructure project

SproutCore, profiled earlier this week, isn’t the only big news spill out from the top secret WWDC conference due to Apple’s embrace of open source sharing. Another future technology featured by the Mac maker last week was LLVM, the Low Level Virtual Machine compiler infrastructure project.

Like SproutCore, LLVM is neither new nor secret, but both have been hiding from attention due to a thick layer of complexity that has obscured their future potential.

 On Tuesday, the session “New Compiler Technology and Future Directions” detailed the following synopsis:

“Xcode 3.1 introduces two new compilers for Mac OS X: GCC 4.2 and LLVM-GCC. Learn how the new security and performance improvements in GCC 4.2 can help you produce better applications. Understand the innovations in LLVM-GCC, and find out how you can use it in your own testing and development. Finally, get a preview of future compiler developments.”

There’s a lot of unpronounceable words in all capital letters in that paragraph, LOLBBQ. Let’s pull a few out and define them until the synopsis starts making sense.

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