eC (programming language)

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ParadigmMulti-paradigm: procedural, object-oriented, generic
Designed byJérôme Jacovella-St-Louis
First appeared2004; 17 years ago (2004)
Stable release
Ecere SDK 0.44.15 / 4 August 2016; 5 years ago (2016-08-04)
Typing disciplineStatic, nominative, partially inferred
Implementation languageeC
Filename, .eh
Major implementations
Ecere SDK
Influenced by
C, C++, Python

eC (Ecere C) is an object-oriented programming language, defined as a super-set of the C language.

eC was initially developed as part of the Ecere cross-platform software development kit (SDK) project.

The goals of the language are to provide object-oriented constructs, reflection, properties and dynamic modules on top of the C language while maintaining C compatibility and optimal native performance.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

eC currently relies on GCC or Clang to perform the final steps of compilation, using C as an intermediate language.[7] There are, however, plans to integrate directly with LLVM to skip the intermediate C files.[8]

eC is available as part of the ecere-sdk package in Debian/Ubuntu and other derived Linux distributions. A Windows installer also bundling MinGW-w64 is available from the main website. The free and open-source SDK including the eC compiler can also be built for a number of other platforms, including OS X, FreeBSD and Android.[9]

It is also possible to deploy eC applications to the web by compiling them to JavaScript through Emscripten, or to WebAssembly through Binaryen.


Hello world[edit]

A "Hello, World!" program in eC:

class HelloApp : Application
   void Main()
      PrintLn("Hello, World!");

Graphical user interface[edit]

A "Hello, World!" program programmed with a GUI:

import "ecere"

class HelloForm : Window
   caption = "My First eC Application";
   borderStyle = sizable;
   clientSize = { 304, 162 };
   hasClose = true;

   Label label
      this, position = { 10, 10 }, font = { "Arial", 30 },
      caption = "Hello, World!!"

HelloForm hello { };


  1. ^ "eC - Overview". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Category:EC". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  3. ^ "新型的编程语言:eC". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  4. ^ "About OOC - Similar Projects". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  5. ^ "devmaster - The Ecere SDK and eC go Open Source". pp. 12–25. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Software Developer's Journal Extra 2012/02 - Cross-Platform Development with the Ecere SDK" (PDF). Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Ubuntu Manpage: ecc - eC Compiler". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  8. ^ "GSOC 2015 Ideas - eC Compiler". Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  9. ^ "eC - Installation". Retrieved 7 January 2016.

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