Sunday, September 12, 2010


FreeBASIC is a self-hosting compiler, being roughly 120,000 lines of code (compiler core only, not including libraries).

It makes use of the GNU binutils programming tools as backends and can produce console and graphical/GUI executables, besides dynamic and static libraries. FreeBASIC fully supports the use of C libraries and partial C++ library support. This lets programmers use and create libraries for C and many other languages.

It supports a C style preprocessor, capable of multiline macros, conditional compilation and file inclusion. However it is not a true preprocessor as it occurs at the same time as parsing. This means that it can access symbol information, and even set the dialect (which restarts parsing)

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