What is SRC Modula-3?
was built by the DEC Systems Research Center and is freely available and
redistributable, with source code.
In Europe it is also available from
ftp-i3.informatik.rwth-aachen.de in pub/Modula-3.
The most recent version is release 3.6
The DEC SRC Modula-3 contains the following:
- A native code compiler: uses the GCC backend; on machines/operating
systems that have self-describing stacks, an optimized exception
handling mechanism is provided, on other architectures,
setjmp/longjmp is used. A very fast integrated backend is available
on some platforms (currently NT386 and Linux i386).
The compilation system provides for minimal recompilation.
Only those units that depend on the modified interface item
will be recompiled.
- m3build: tool that performs dependency analysis and
builds the Modula-3 programs and libraries.
- m3gdb: a Modula-3 aware version of GDB.
- Several tools for performance and coverage analysis.
- A large standard library (libm3) providing
- A multithread, incremental, generational, conservative garbage
- Text manipulation.
- Generic Containers: Lists, Sequences, Tables, SortedLists, SortedTables
- Atoms and Symbolic expressions (Lisp like lists)
- An extensible stream IO system
- Typesafe binary object transcription (persistent objects)
- Operating system interfaces
- Portable interfaces to the language runtime
All standard libraries are thread-friendly.
Modula-3 can readily link with existing C libraries; many libraries
including X11R4 and various UNIX libraries are available as
part of libm3.
- Several other libraries for designing graphical user interfaces
and distributed applications.