A Beginner's Guide to D/Before We Begin.../D Compiler

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There are currently three versions of the D compiler available. Digital Mars provides the DMD compiler, while there is a front end for the GNU Compiler Collection available called GDC, and a front end for the LLVM compiler called ldc.

The DMD compiler supports Windows, Linux x86, and OS X, whereas GDC and LLVM support many more platforms.

At the time of writing, the homepage boasts support for:

  • Linux (tested on Fedora Core 5 x86 and PowerPC)
  • Mac OS X 10.3.x, 10.4.x, 10.5.x
  • FreeBSD 5.2.1
  • Cygwin
  • MinGW
  • AIX (tested on 5.1)

On January 2, 2007, DMD released version 1.0 of their compiler, and GDC released version 0.21, which is based on the specification for DMD 1.0.

On January 9, 2009, the ldc project released a D frontend for the LLVM compiler. It supports OS X, Windows and Linux.

On February 11, 2009, DMD released dmd 1.040 (GM) binaries for OS X 10.5, Windows x86 and Linux x86.

On February 14, 2009, DMD released dmd 2.025 (alpha) binaries for OS X 10.5, Windows x86 and Linux x86.