precompiler

precompiler

[¦prē·kəm′pīl·ər]
(computer science)
A computer program that indentifies syntax errors and other problems in a program before it is converted to machine language by a compiler.
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They use a precompiler phase which processes specific keywords in the main source code and replaces chosen sequential algorithms with their parallel implementations selected from a database.
It does not require database modifications or the use of a precompiler. OrindaBuild works on all Oracle versions from 8.1.5 onwards.
Being comments, annotations are not interpreted by a standard Eiffel compiler, but only by a specific CEiffel precompiler (and associated runtime) [Lohr 1993].
Alternatively, it is possible to use precompiler techniques to implement a language-specific synchronization model that is implicit in the code.
The present version of the CEiffel system, relying on a precompiler from CEiffel to Eiffel, had to chose the latter alternative.