[Oberon] Funding for a Compiler Project

Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net Aubrey.McIntosh at Alumni.UTexas.Net
Fri Dec 21 18:30:40 CET 2012

I am sure that many of you know about KickStarter<http://www.kickstarter.com>.
 It is used to fund eclectic creative projects.

I have submitted a KickStarter project of my
for approval to launch.  This follows closely on a previous KickStarter
will be live for a few more hours.

This seems like an opportunity to have a dual hardware / software project
where an Oberon family compiler and a hardware board are tuned to each
other.  It is also an opportunity to showcase Oberon and/or Component
Pascal to the MakerSpace community and other allied communities who closely
follow KickStarter.  Perhaps video segments showing the various Oberons and
small board designs, such as Wojtec's boards and CBF's compilers.

One potential project would be to switch my board to use the MIPS chips
offered by Microchip Technology
 I have loaded, through a long and arcane process, the output from the
Regis Creiler compiler onto the MIPS evaluation board and I can verify that
it executes correctly.  A parallel project would then update the Regis
Creiler Oberon compiler as a new back end for the Component Pascal project.
 Both of these compilers follow a very similar architecture, and this is
documented in the literature.  The administrative permissions to use this
source is an exercise for the reader.

The new back end can be realized by writing a few modules in the Component
Pascal environment.  The Browser actually uses some of the front end and
dumps some of the internal data structures as its method of operation, so
there are lots of resources already in place.

In addition, there are SPARC core microchips available and an existing
SPARC Oberon compiler.  There are also ARM chips available.  I also
understand that Wirth developed a small language for one of the PIC chips.

It would be wonderful to have a companion KickStarter project.  I hope
someone is in a position to put one together.  We would, of course,
reference each other's projects in our descriptions.  If you have
preliminary interest, I would like to know of your CPU choice fairly soon.

The KickStarter page says that the projects are limited to people (with
bank accounts) in the US or GB.  However, there have been projects from
other countries.  I don't know how they made that happen, but one
possibility is for me to be an administrative partner, as many projects are
team efforts.

Aubrey McIntosh, Ph.D.
211 E. 5th St.
Morris MN 56267
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