Clang 3.1 Release Notes

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This document contains the release notes for the Clang C/C++/Objective-C frontend, part of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, release 3.1. Here we describe the status of Clang in some detail, including major improvements from the previous release and new feature work. For the general LLVM release notes, see the LLVM documentation. All LLVM releases may be downloaded from the LLVM releases web site.

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What's New in Clang 3.1?

Some of the major new features and improvements to Clang are listed here. Generic improvements to Clang as a whole or two its underlying infrastructure are described first, followed by language-specific sections with improvements to Clang's support for those languages.

C Language Changes in Clang

C11 Feature Support

Clang 3.1 adds support for anonymous structs and anonymous unions, added in the latest ISO C standard. Use -std=c11 or -std=gnu11 to enable support for the new language standard. The new C11 features are backwards-compatible and are available as an extension in all language modes.

All warning and language selection flags which previously accepted c1x have been updated to accept c11. The old c1x forms have been removed.

C++ Language Changes in Clang

C++11 Feature Support

Clang 3.1 supports most of the language features added in the latest ISO C++ standard, C++ 2011. Use -std=c++11 or -std=gnu++11 to enable support for these features. In addition to the features supported by Clang 3.0, the following are now considered to be of production quality:

Objective-C Language Changes in Clang

Clang 3.1 introduces several new Objective-C language features and improvements.

Objective-C literals and subscripting

Objective-C now provides additional literal expressions, including numeric, array, and dictionary literals. Additionally, array and dictionary elements can be accesses via the subscripting operator. For more information about the new literals, see the documentation for Objective-C literals and subscripting.

Format string checking for NSString literals

-Wformat now checks @"NSString literals".

Python Binding Changes

The following methods have been added:

Additional Information

A wide variety of additional information is available on the Clang web page. The web page contains versions of the API documentation which are up-to-date with the Subversion version of the source code. You can access versions of these documents specific to this release by going into the "clang/doc/" directory in the Clang tree.

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