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digitalmars.D - 16-bit inline assembler?

reply Mehrdad <wfunction hotmail.com> writes:
Hi!

Is 16-bit inline assembly possible with DMD? If not, would it be 
difficult to add the feature?
That way you might actually be able to write a boot loader in pure D. :)
Jul 24 2011
next sibling parent KennyTM~ <kennytm gmail.com> writes:
On Jul 25, 11 02:14, Mehrdad wrote:
 Hi!

 Is 16-bit inline assembly possible with DMD? If not, would it be
 difficult to add the feature?
 That way you might actually be able to write a boot loader in pure D. :)

That's unlikely. D has no plan to support < 32-bit systems*. http://d-programming-language.org/overview.html
Jul 24 2011
prev sibling parent reply Walter Bright <newshound2 digitalmars.com> writes:
On 7/24/2011 11:14 AM, Mehrdad wrote:
 Hi!

 Is 16-bit inline assembly possible with DMD? If not, would it be difficult to
 add the feature?
 That way you might actually be able to write a boot loader in pure D. :)

You can do it with the Digital Mars C compiler! Adding it to D would be rather complicated and probably not worthwhile.
Jul 24 2011
parent Mehrdad <wfunction hotmail.com> writes:
On 7/24/2011 12:36 PM, Walter Bright wrote:
 On 7/24/2011 11:14 AM, Mehrdad wrote:
 Hi!

 Is 16-bit inline assembly possible with DMD? If not, would it be 
 difficult to
 add the feature?
 That way you might actually be able to write a boot loader in pure D. :)

You can do it with the Digital Mars C compiler! Adding it to D would be rather complicated and probably not worthwhile.

Omg I didn't know that! I'll give it a try, but then that wouldn't be D, haha. It just seems really awesome to be able to build a kernel from scratch that doesn't need assembly at all. But arguably, aside from the awesomeness, there's not much of a reason for doing that, so it's totally understandable if it doesn't happen. Thanks!
Jul 24 2011