Looking for an overview of the new features for METAL C in z/OS V1R13 XLC++
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Recently I came across a whitepaper regarding new METAL C features for the latest release for the compiler on z/OS (z/OS V1.13 XL C/C++) posted here. The whitepaper provides a broad general overview of the new features for METAL C with a lot of examples sprinkled throughout to make it easy to understand. It is a handy guide for new and existing METAL C developers or people interested in METAL C in general, even though the focus is on new features added in V1.13.
METAL C was originally introduced in the z/OS V1R9 XL C/C++ compiler release and has undergone constant functional and performance improvements since. The premise behind METAL C is to enable systems programming in C or as a replacement for direct assembly (HLASM) coding. In addition to new functional and performance improvements targeted to METAL C, each successive release of the compiler has added more and more functional and performance improvements for regular C code, a lot of which automatically benefits METAL C as well. The whitepaper does a good job of contrasting regular C code and METAL C code giving a better holistic view of the compiler in general.
If you have any questions about METAL C for V1.13 or the compiler in general, let me know and we'll see what we can do to make sure we're all working towards a better computing environment!