[Mono-dev] C# Compiler - Chicken and the Egg
Miguel de Icaza
miguel at ximian.com
Thu Mar 9 16:16:49 EST 2006
> I was reading online that Mono's C# compiler is written in C#. That
> made me woder, how did you compile the Mono C# Compiler for the first
> time. (This is the old chicken and the egg problem.) I am wondering
> how this obstacle was overcome, and why the compiler wasn't written in
> a language like C, that could already be compiled on Linux.
I wrote the compiler using Microsoft's C# compiler. I did this for a
number of reasons:
* Increased productivity, I have wasted too many hours of
my life with C, and there was no point in sacrificing more.
With C# I was incredibly productive.
* I got to learn the new lingua-franca of .NET
* It was a good test of bootstrapability.
I spent a few months making the C# compiler compile itself on Windows.
At the same time the runtime/JIT people worked rapidly to get the JIT to
a point where we could run the C# compiler executable on Linux.
You can read some more details about the history here:
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