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<h1>Open Clang Projects</h1>
<p>Here are a few tasks that are available for newcomers to work on, depending
on what your interests are. This list is provided to generate ideas, it is not
intended to be comprehensive. Please ask on cfe-dev for more specifics or to
verify that one of these isn't already completed. :)</p>
<li><b>Undefined behavior checking</b>: CodeGen could
insert runtime checks for all sorts of different undefined behaviors, from
reading uninitialized variables, buffer overflows, and many other things. This
checking would be expensive, but the optimizers could eliminate many of the
checks in some cases, and it would be very interesting to test code in this mode
for certain crowds of people. Because the inserted code is coming from clang,
the "abort" message could be very detailed about exactly what went wrong.</li>
<li><b>Improve target support</b>: The current target interfaces are heavily
stubbed out and need to be implemented fully. See the FIXME's in TargetInfo.
Additionally, the actual target implementations (instances of TargetInfoImpl)
also need to be completed.</li>
<li><b>Implement an tool to generate code documentation</b>: Clang's
library-based design allows it to be used by a variety of tools that reason
about source code. One great application of Clang would be to build an
auto-documentation system like doxygen that generates code documentation from
source code. The advantage of using Clang for such a tool is that the tool would
use the same preprocessor/parser/ASTs as the compiler itself, giving it a very
rich understanding of the code.</li>
<li><b>Use clang libraries to implement better versions of existing tools</b>:
Clang is built as a set of libraries, which means that it is possible to
implement capabilities similar to other source language tools, improving them
in various ways. Three examples are <a
href="">distcc</a>, the <a
href="">delta testcase reduction tool</a>, and the
"indent" source reformatting tool.
distcc can be improved to scale better and be more efficient. Delta could be
faster and more efficient at reducing C-family programs if built on the clang
preprocessor, indent could do proper formatting for complex C++ features, and it
would be straight-forward to extend a clang-based implementation to handle
simple structural rules like those in <a
href="">the LLVM coding
<li><b>Use clang libraries to extend Ragel with a JIT</b>: <a
href="">Ragel</a> is a state
machine compiler that lets you embed C code into state machines and generate
C code. It would be relatively easy to turn this into a JIT compiler using
<li><b>Self-testing using clang</b>: There are several neat ways to
improve the quality of clang by self-testing. Some examples:
<li>Improve the reliability of AST printing and serialization by
ensuring that the AST produced by clang on an input doesn't change
when it is reparsed or unserialized.
<li>Improve parser reliability and error generation by automatically
or randomly changing the input checking that clang doesn't crash and
that it doesn't generate excessive errors for small input
changes. Manipulating the input at both the text and token levels is
likely to produce interesting test cases.
<li><b>Continue work on C++'0x support</b>:
C++'98 is feature complete, but there is still a lot of C++'0x featuers to
implement. Please see the <a href="cxx_status.html">C++ status report
page</a> to find out what is missing.</li>
<p>If you hit a bug with clang, it is very useful for us if you reduce the code
that demonstrates the problem down to something small. There are many ways to
do this; ask on cfe-dev for advice.</p>
<li><b>StringRef'ize APIs</b>: A thankless but incredibly useful project is
StringRef'izing (converting to use <tt>llvm::StringRef</tt> instead of <tt>const
char *</tt> or <tt>std::string</tt>) various clang interfaces. This generally
simplifies the code and makes it more efficient.</li>
<li><b>Universal Driver</b>: Clang is inherently a cross compiler. We would like
to define a new model for cross compilation which provides a great user
experience -- it should be easy to cross compile applications, install support
for new architectures, access different compilers and tools, and be consistent
across different platforms. See the <a href="UniversalDriver.html">Universal
Driver</a> web page for more information.</li>