Intel has unveiled beta versions of developer tools for Intel-based Macs. The Development Support for Intel-Based Mac page anounces a set of software development products, including highly-optimized C++ and Fortran (really?!) compilers, plus a math library and a primitives library that is said to make digital signal processing happy. Tools are beta and require you to apply to the testing program (disclosure: I’m on PPC and will be for a while, so I haven’t downloaded them)
As a Mac-only person, I first started paying attention to Intel and their message at their keynote JBoss World 2005. The message of “use our chips, we’ll help you” is certainly a change from the indifference the Mac developer community is used to from the PowerPC crowd (pity too - we probably could have put all those PPC registers to good use, but who knows how optimized
gcc was for PPC?).
Anyways, they supposedly integrate with XCode, though there’s an obvious question of how useful they’ll be for Cocoa developers working in Objective-C, which isn’t mentioned on Intel’s page. Also, I wonder if its possible to build a universal binary and pick up the Intel optimizations for the i386 architecture. I don’t think anyone’s ready to build apps that don’t run on PPC. Yet. Give it a year or two.
Got an iMac or MacBook? Tried these? Do they beat gcc?